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"Welcome to Evangelism on Fire podcast. My name is Mark Thomas, an ordained pastor, a teacher of the best selling book of all time, your host, and most importantly, your evangelism coach. Every episode, I bring you an inspiring message to help you live the most exciting life God has created you to live by actively sharing your faith in Jesus with others. I believe in the power of the gospel and the potential of all Christians to live out the mission of the great commission. I believe the best way for Christians to grow is to go. It's time for a revolution in every Christian's life around the world so that every person everywhere around the world can hear the gospel of Jesus Christ from a friend or family member through one on one evangelism. I'm so thankful for our time together today. I absolutely love spending time with you evangelism on fire nation. I believe this podcast will truly inspire you and I believe it will inspire so many people that you know, and if you're inspired and feeling moved to share this, then please message some friends, post this on social media, and let people know about this episode so we can get this message out there more. I appreciate you and everyone listening right now and a quick reminder, I encourage you to subscribe to the podcast to rate it, to review it, spread the word on social media, and spread the message of evangelism on fire forward. Many people are looking for hope these days, especially young people. They want to be part of something bigger. And here at evangelism on fire ministry, we have big plans to reach them in 2023. Here's where you will not find hope. You won't find hope in the culture. You won't find hope in technology. You won't find hope even in many ways in politics. Now all of these things have their place, but true hope can only be found in God. The message that we want to share is that God wants to give hope to the young generation and all generations, that there is hope for them through a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. And we want to offer this hope to as many people as possible in 2023 through our outreach ministries, which of course includes our EOF podcast ministry. I'm asking you to join us at EOF ministry and become a partner. A partner is just a friend that makes a regular commitment to us each and every month. They stand by us. That enables us to respond to the opportunities that are coming our way. In many ways, we live in a hopeless world, but through Christ, we have hope. Life without God is a hopeless end. Life with him is an endless hope. Join us right now and become a part of our team and let's reach the world with the most important message that exists, the gospel message. Join us for the plans we have for ministry in 2023 by becoming an Evangelism on Fire ministry partner. Are you ready? Well, this is your next step. Go to today's show notes and click on the giving link to become a monthly partner by setting up a monthly donation or go to our website evangelismonfire .com. Click on the donate button to give a monthly reoccurring donation or a one -time gift. Thank you for joining us to give hope to the world. Welcome to episode 163. This is your host Mark Thomas. Thanks for joining me for another weekly pod episode. Truth bomb of the day. The gospel is the only hope for a dying world. I have two scriptures for you today. The first one is Luke 21 28. When these things begin to take place stand up and lift your heads because your redemption is drawing near. The second verse I have for you today of Scripture is Matthew 16 18 and I tell you you are Peter and upon this rock. I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. So you're watching the current events unfold in the world today. You're seeing Revelation on the world stage on your newsfeed. Should you freak out with what's happening and how it will impact you and your loved ones? Listen, no way. You should not freak out. We should be looking up because our redemption is drawing near. That's what we need to be doing. Looking up praying for the peace of Jerusalem and sharing the gospel message with the hyper focus. Jesus advocated while he was on Earth. Again Luke 21 28 when these things begin to take place stand up and lift up your heads because your redemption is drawing near and remember there's no more sitting on the sidelines Church in today's world. We must make a choice to be hot or cold. Luke warm is not an option as a true follower of Jesus When you know the truth, you will not walk in fear. You will walk in faith in freedom. It's time to share the gospel message with the lost and hurting people in the world with a white hot faith as I begin today's pod episode. I want to say that there will be some people listening who will be offended by the words that I'll be speaking but the words I'm going to speak are important and you'll see why in a moment if you continue to listen, there is no place for sidelines as a follower of Christ in today's world. Listen, there will be no one left in the stands in this game. Good versus evil. Now is the time to choose to be hot or cold. There is absolutely no room as a true follower of Jesus to be lukewarm as mentioned by Jesus himself in Revelation 3 16. So then because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot. I will vomit you out of my mouth. So if you are a true follower of Jesus Christ, you are called to be on the field to carry out the mission of God on this earth whether you like it or not. Remember God has saved redeemed and commissioned you to serve him in such a time as this. So if you or someone you love think they can avoid making a choice to serve him during the time we're living in listen, I'm here to remind you that that's incorrect. Thinking we are God's children and now we exist to serve and glorify him. This is the time to get off the sidelines and get into the game God has saved us and commissioned us to take part in the game of engaging in the mission of the Great Commission remind yourself of that and remind your fellow Christian brothers and sisters as for me and my family as for me and my evangelism on fire podcast and reach our VAE team. I know who we serve and why we serve if you're listening to this podcast, you're most likely the same much of this pod episode is not for you. It is in the hopes that there will be even just one that will stumble across it hear the truth and realize what decision needs to be made as a true Jesus follower that needs to be made today today. I'm making a stand and I think you will join me I could be wrong, but I don't think I am every once in a while. We will see evil manifest itself in a physical form and that's what we're seeing present day in our world. I am asking you evangelism on fire nation all the listeners of this podcast to join me in obeying the mission of the Great Commission that Jesus has mandated to everyone who calls themselves Christ followers. Look man, I'm not asking you just to listen to this podcast for entertainment purposes. I am asking you to make a commitment to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ as you follow Jesus Christ. I'm asking you to commit to the instructions of the last thing Jesus told us to do while he was on this earth to share the good news of his salvation to the world and listen the world starts with your context and hear this the last thing Jesus told us to do should be the main thing we should be doing as Jesus followers. We need to obey the vision of sharing the good news in the first step of obeying the vision is to always remember this the first words of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark are an announcement of the arrival of God's kingdom in Jesus last words to his disciples starting in Mark 16 15 build upon his first announcements. They call Jesus left us with was continue telling others the Gospels good news. This good news is that Jesus has brought the arrival of the kingdom of God to Earth in that through his death and resurrection. He has made a way for all people to have a new life in him the task of evangelism telling others about Jesus was the first thing that Jesus asked his followers to do as he left Earth telling others about what Jesus has done for them is one of the most important things that we can do with our time. We have been given the greatest gift of all eternal life with God, but that gift is also freely available to the rest of the world. So take some time to examine yourself today and ask yourself will you choose to be hot as you follow Jesus or will you be like the rest of the 95 % of those who claim to be Christians that will go their entire life without leading at least one person to Jesus as their Savior. It's time to get off the sidelines and into the game. If you truly want to serve God in the capacity. He's created you to serve him or remain cold or lukewarm. My hope is that you will choose this day whom you will serve knowing while you will serve him and to obey the vision Jesus has given to you directly when we are born again. We all have visions if we are spiritual at all of what Jesus wants us to be in the great thing is to learn not to be disobedient to the vision not to say that it cannot be attained if the Holy Spirit has given you a vision in your private Bible study or during a meeting or maybe listening to this pod episode which made your heart glow in your mind expand in your will stir itself to grasp. You will have to pay the last farthing in concentration along that line until all you see is the vision made actual the healthiest exercise for the mind of a Christian is to learn to apprehend the truth granted to it in vision every Christian with any experience at all has had a vision of some fundamental truth either about the atonement or the Holy Spirit sin or engaging in the mission of the Great Commission and it is at the Pearl of their souls that they lose not that vision by prayer and determination. We have to form the habit of keeping ourselves soaked in the vision God has given the difficulty with the majority of us is that we will not seek to apprehend the vision we get a glimpse of it and then leave it alone truth bomb of the day when we obey the vision Jesus has given to everyone who follow him we participate in the highest calling of sharing the eternal word of the Living God to men and women who are desperately in need of his free gift of eternal salvation choose today who you will serve and why you will serve choose to dedicate yourself to the hyper focus on evangelism that Jesus advocated in Luke 1910 boom God bless you and have the best week of your life. Make sure to join me for next week's episode. Thanks so much for your time with me today. It's been an amazing time and thank you so much for listening. I hope you enjoyed today's episode and it inspired you on your journey of sharing your faith in Jesus with others. 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A highlight from Introduction to Philippians
"Brothers and sisters, I would encourage you to open up your Bibles this evening to Philippians. We're going to be taking a look at Philippians chapter 1 and verses 1 and 2. We are beginning the book of Philippians. Today will be more of an introduction to that particular book than anything else. I will attempt to talk about the author, the themes, the aim of the epistle, the things that we can learn from it without spoiling too much of the content so that later on as we preach on individual portions, it becomes anticlimax after anticlimax. I don't want to give away the entire book, but I do want you to have an idea of where it came from, why it is so very important to us today, what we can learn from it, and to see the similarities that exist between this book and indeed our own time. As I'll be discussing in the sermon, Philippi was actually a military colony, and you may have noticed we live in a military colony for the most part. So the resemblances between us and the Philippians, apart from the fact that we have microwaves and cell phones and things like that, and they did not, are very strong. They are still the same kind of people who deal with the same kind of difficulties. They too had a state which was sometimes nice to them and sometimes which oppressed them very badly. They also dealt with the problems of relationships and all of the things that the fall has brought in. So as we look at Philippians and we hear Paul writing to this beloved congregation of his, let us seek to apply it to our own time, but before we come to the word of God, let go us to the God who has given us this word and let's ask him to bless it. Please join me. Oh sovereign Lord, we do pray now that you would be the illuminator of our minds, that you would help us to understand your word. I pray that you would help me to divide it to write, that you would give me liberty and power and unction as I do so, that oh Lord, I would not say anything that goes against your word. I know I am a man with feet of clay. I am capable of interpreting the word or wrong, but I pray Lord that you would prevent me from doing so. I do pray also Lord that you would give me the sustaining power to go through this book, a right, and to apply it to your people. May you give us ears to hear and hearts to receive all that you have to tell us. We pray this in Jesus' holy name. Amen and amen. Philippians chapter one and I'll be reading verses one and two. It says the word of the Lord. Paul and Timothy bond servants of Jesus Christ to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi with the bishops and deacons. Grace to you and peace from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. I wonder if say 10 or 11 years from now, if I was in jail in Washington for my preaching of the gospel and possibly facing the federal death penalty and this congregation had sent me a gift in jail to help me along and I was writing a letter in reply to your generous gift. What would that letter sound like? What would I say? How would I come across in writing to you? Would it be complaining about the government and my situation? Would I be going on and on about the unfairness of it all? And speaking about how my liberties had been infringed or would I be writing to you to know a little about how I was doing and then spend the vast majority, not talking about myself and my own situation as dire as it was, but to spend the vast majority of my letter attempting to stir you up to joy and in the Lord to encourage you to be full of peace and grace and joy even in the midst of adversity. Would I think so little of myself that my letter would seek to lovingly correct problems of disunity that I knew about in the congregation? Would I push back against those who perhaps were on the fringes or in the congregation itself who were teaching bad doctrine in the community? And above all, would I urge you to keep the person and power of the Lord Jesus Christ at the center of everything you did? I hope that I would. I hope I would not send you a letter merely of whining or a simple thank you note that said very little. In my case, though, we're going to have to find out. But in the case of Paul and the Philippian Christians, we already know how he spoke in the midst of those circumstances because that is the letter that we have in front of us. Paul is in the midst of serious adversity, serious difficulty. He is struggling, we know, with loneliness, with persecution, and he writes a letter to his much beloved Philippines that is full of joy and encouragement in spite of all of those difficulties that stood against him in the world. So much so this letter is so full of joy that it has been often called the epistle of joy. Paul writing from jail, remember, and a Roman jail was not like the jails today. We speak today of jails as being three hots and a cot. You have TV, recreation yards, things like that. In Paul's day, that was not the case. You either had to pay for a place to stay if the charges weren't that serious yourself or if you were thrown into a Roman dungeon, you could often die of exposure. You went in with the clothes on your back, and if your friends and your family did not provide you with the things that you needed, including food in jail, you could die very, very easily while awaiting your trial. But Paul, writing from that kind of jail, he uses the Greek words for joy and rejoice, imploring the Philippian saints to rejoice. He uses those words kara and kairo more than a dozen times, and this is just a four -chapter letter, remember. So joy is one of the most prominent themes in what he is writing. He is, as I said, in a Roman jail. This is possibly the second time. I think it's probably the first time that he was there. He is waiting a trial on a capital charge of treason, and the people who will judge him are members of Emperor Nero's brutal and corrupt administration. And as we know, Paul was not somebody who was going to give them a bribe, so there's no way out of his imprisonment that way. And yet, as we shall see, Paul is able to look well beyond the circumstances that surround him, and he's able to actually see Christ in heaven and the work that Christ is doing in the world and indeed in Philippi and throughout the church and to know that God throughout is in control and that all of God's promises are coming to pass. Let me just stop and ask that question right now of you. Do you know those things as well? Do you have that solid trust no matter what your circumstances are in the Lord Jesus Christ, that no matter what afflictions, adversities, difficulties, diseases you're dealing with today, yet still you know that the Lord is in control and that his will is coming to pass and that none of his promises will ever fail. I pray that that is the case, and if not, I pray that you will take encouragement from Paul. He was writing to encourage the Philippians, but we remember that he wasn't writing just to the Philippian congregation. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he was writing to us as well. And so I pray that he would be encouraging you in whatever situation you are in. But we see him trusting absolutely in God, trusting in the Christ whom he knew and that therefore there was this inner principle of joy in his heart, an inner principle that no one could take away and that he still wants to share with others. He wants that joy inexpressible that we heard about this morning to overflow to others. The Romans might take his life. They could do that, but they cannot take away his joy or his peace. That is one of the great promises that is given to the Christian. Nobody can take away the Holy Spirit dwelling within you. Nobody can take away your salvation, and nobody can steal your joy and your peace in those things. But let's take a moment now to discuss how all of this came to pass, how he came to be writing this letter from jail. Where is Philippi? What was it like? Who were the Philippians, and how did Paul come to know them? Incidentally, this is a picture of the Philippian ruins that you will find in Macedonia. I am told they are amazing. It is a UNESCO historic site. Maybe one day as I got to see Ephesus, I will also have a chance to see Philippi. But in the meantime, let's talk about the city. Philippi was originally founded as a colony in northeastern Macedonia by colonists from the island of Thanos. They were called Thacians in 359 BC. But it was captured by Alexander the Great's father, Philip, and renamed Philippi three years later. So it didn't have much of a long run of independence. But in saying that, I have told you very little about Philippi itself. Because the Philippi that Paul knew came along much later on. It is like me telling you that Fayetteville was settled by colonists from Scotland. Because almost 400 years had passed between the founding of Philippi and the time that Paul was writing. Just as almost 400 years have passed between the time of the founding of Fayetteville in our own time. So the Philippi that Paul first visited in around 51 or 52 AD was a very different place. The Romans had captured it from the Macedonians in 168 BC. And in 42 BC during the Roman Civil War that brought an end to the Roman Republic. It was the scene of the final defeat of the forces of Brutus and Cassius by the forces of Anthony and Octavian. Who later of course became Augustus Caesar. And that final battle occurred just outside of this city. This was critical because after the city Octavian turned Philippi into a Roman colony and a military outpost. They released some of their veteran soldiers. The war to defeat the men who had stabbed Caesar had finished as far as they were concerned. And they released some of their legionaries from Legion 28 to colonize the city. Which was founded and I apologize for my terrible Latin here. Colonia Victrix Philippensium meaning the colony of the victory of Philippi. From that point onwards it was a place where Italian veterans from the Roman army were given land. And it sat upon an important Roman road called the Via Ignatia. Which was a road that was constructed by the Romans in the 2nd century BC. Incidentally I learned while we were on our trip that the Greeks joke particularly in Cyprus. That the only roads in Greece that last were built by the Romans. The modern ones all fall apart. It crossed through Illyricum, Macedonia, Thracia and runs into the territory that is now part of Albania. North Macedonia, Greece and European Turkey. Why is that important? Well it's important because it meant that Philippi was a center not only of trade. And they had mines we'll talk about in a little while where they mined gold and silver. But it was a place where it was possible to go from Philippi to other areas of Macedonia. Or to turn south and to go into Greece. They had their own route 95 so to speak running right through the city. That allowed them to have concourse with all the people in Greece and up in Macedonia and into the Roman Empire. This meant that the Lord in founding his church there. Put it in a place where the inhabitants could as they did their daily trade. Carry not only letters to Rome but they could also carry the gospel to the surrounding areas. Now the citizens of this colony were regarded as citizens of Rome. And they were given a number of special privileges that ordinary inhabitants of the empire didn't have. It was in many senses a miniature Rome. Literally because they were under the municipal law of Rome. It was as though they were a colony that was in Italy actually attached to Rome. That was the way the law functioned. And they were governed by two military officers the Duumviri who were appointed directly from Rome. And the colony itself although it was relatively small. It was only about 10 ,000 people when Paul reached it. It was very wealthy as a general rule. They had gold and silver mines just outside the city. And those mines were still productive in Paul's day. It was as I said a little Rome in the midst of Macedonia. And not just in the government. It was laid out like a Roman city. And so to this day you can see that they have a Roman forum in addition to a Greek Agora. But how did Paul get to this city? How did he get there? Well let's read a little from Acts 16 which actually tells us. So if you would turn in your Bible to Acts chapter 16. And I want to begin with verse one which will tell us that Paul was actually when this all started. He was in Asia Minor. He was over in modern day Turkey on his second missionary journey. We read then he came to Derby in Lystra and behold a certain disciple was there named Timothy. The son of a certain Jewish woman who believed but his father was Greek. He was well spoken of by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted to have him go with him and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in that region. For they all knew that his father was Greek. And as they went through the cities they delivered to them the decrees to keep which were determined by the apostles and elders of Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in the faith and increased in number daily. Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia they tried to go into Bithynia but the Spirit did not permit them. So passing by Mysia they came down to Troas and a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him saying come over to Macedonia and help us. Now many people have speculated just as an aside that this is Luke who was speaking to Paul in a vision. Now after he had seen the vision immediately we sought to go to Macedonia concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them. Therefore sailing from Troas we ran a straight course to Samothrace and the next day came to Neapolis and from there to Philippi which is the foremost city of that part of Macedonia, a colony. And we were staying in that city for some days and on the Sabbath day we went out of the city to the riverside where prayer was customarily made and we sat down and spoke to the women who met there. Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul and when she and her household were baptized she begged us saying if you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord come to my house and stay so she persuaded us. And we know that Paul and Timothy stayed with Lydia for some days. They had some other encounters. I'm not going to read the rest of chapter 16 but I would encourage you to actually read all of chapter 16 tonight. It won't take you that long but you will read about the exorcism of the demon possessed slave girl which unfortunately got them into trouble because the demon allowed her unfortunately to know about things that men didn't know about. And so her owners used to get money from her that way. We'll also tell you about Paul and Silas's unjust imprisonment and then the household baptism of the Philippian jailer which is marvelous and of course one of those household baptisms that shows us that we are to be baptizing not just parents on their confession of faith but also their children. This was the first church established in Europe. Note that. And that at the explicit direction of the Holy Spirit who made it very clear that Paul was to turn the direction of his labors from Asia Minor which is modern day Turkey to Europe. He goes through Macedonia and then after that he goes into Greece and brings the gospel into Europe. Now the bond as you will read through the Philippi you can't help but notice the friendship, the love that exists between Paul and this congregation. It was peculiarly close though others had abandoned him in his imprisonment as we shall see these Philippians had not. They continued to pray for him and they continued to provide for his needs in this world. They sent him a gift. As I said I don't want to give away too many spoilers but they had sent a man by the name of Epaphroditus with a gift for him in jail and then he had sent Epaphroditus back to them with this letter. That's how he got it. And as I mentioned this letter was written from Rome during his imprisonment. The beginning of that is related in Acts 28. The reference to Caesar's household which you will read in Philippians 4 22 and the palace in Philippians 1 13. In the Greek it's Praetorium. It was probably the barrack of the Praetorium guard attached to the palace of Nero and that confirms this. So I tend to think it was during his first imprisonment at Rome. That would tend to sit with the mention of the Praetorium and that he was in the custody of the Praetorium prefect and his situation agrees with the situation in the first two years of his imprisonment that you can read about in Acts. In Acts 28 30 and 31. It's not that important whether it was the first or the second imprisonment. The fact is he's in prison. He's in prison for his faith. He's in prison for his preaching. But he does not allow that to destroy him or even to to drive him down or to change the nature of his ministry. Many people might have switched over perhaps to a martyr's ministry at this point in time and yet he does not. He continues to encourage the people to go about their their business preaching the gospel and being members of the church no matter what the circumstances are. Now the tone of this letter as we go through it you'll notice this. It's unlike most of his other letters. It contains no long doctrinal discussions. It contains no rebukes of evils that were festering in the particular church. But it is an outpouring rather of happy love and also confidence in these brothers and sisters. He loves them. He is confident in them and he wants them to be confident not in themselves. He wants them to be confident in Christ and in his promises. Like all of Paul's epistles, as you saw, it starts with a salutation. Our letters, of course, and with the identification of the person who's sending it. But the letters back there started with who this letter was from. And like most of his letters, it also starts with a prayer for the people that he is writing to. He isn't just in intending to give them information. He wants to bless them, to bless them with his letter and to bless them with his prayer. And one commentator calls the entire letter a long gush of love towards the Philippians. And it is. There's nothing wrong with that. Verses 1 and 2 that we read there, they contain an apostolic greeting. The senders are identified there. Timothy is associated with Paul. Timothy was with Paul, therefore, in his imprisonment. We remember from 2 Timothy in his second imprisonment that Paul noted that only Timothy had stayed with him. Or rather that he wanted Timothy to come to him in his imprisonment to bring things to him. Timothy remained loyal to Paul no matter what. Timothy also, you remember, was going to become very important to Paul in the Ephesian church and building them up and so on. Timothy was a genuine, he was more than just an amanuensis or a secretary for Paul. He was a helper to Paul. He was a brother in Christ, somebody who would stand with him in thick or thin. Now, Paul mentions him and he often does that. He brings the friends who are about him into prominence. That also indicates that the people in Philippi knew of him and would be interested to hear how he was doing. Timothy is in Rome with Paul when the letter is being dictated. And although Timothy is not the one who is inspired to write the letter, Paul is using him as his secretary to take it down. It's very possible that Paul had an eye disease, which made it very difficult for him to write. He calls Timothy and himself, he addresses himself as a bondservant of Jesus Christ. Now, that's a nice little word, bondservant. It conjures up the idea of indentured bondage, the idea that we're just working off a debt. But when he says bondservant, he's actually using the Greek word doulos. Doulos means literally slave. He is a slave of Christ. Some prefer the translation bondservant to kind of neaten it up. We don't like the idea of Paul calling himself a slave of Christ because of the bad connotations of that. But we remember that most of the Roman Empire, in fact, 20 % of the city there, and this would have had, as a Roman colony, a military colony, Philippi would have had a lower than normal slave population, more free men than slaves. But they still speculate that at least 20 % of those 10 ,000 people within the colony were slaves. And here is Paul saying, I too am a slave. But who is he a slave of? He's a slave of Jesus Christ. He and Timothy are slaves, and they aren't complaining about that. They understood that they were bought with a price by the Lord Jesus Christ in his sacrifice for their sake, and therefore they were owned by their master. They are completely dependent upon him, and they give him their undivided allegiance. They love this master of theirs, the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, Paul clearly, he views it as the highest honor that we can attain to serve Christ, to have his light yoke upon us instead of the heavy chains of sin which he takes away. And he is bound to absolute submission to this Lord who is all worthy and who gave everything for his sake. Paul, note in all of his letters, never forgot what Christ had done for him, never forgot where he was when Christ found him, how he was an enemy of the church, a persecutor of the church. Somebody whom Christ, you remember, addressed on the road to Damascus saying, Paul, Paul, or rather at that time, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? Jesus associates himself so keenly with his people that to persecute them is to persecute him. I was thinking about that as we were hearing about how the Pakistanis are wretchedly persecuted. What their persecutors in Pakistan, the Muslims, do not recognize or realize is that in persecuting them, they are persecuting God the Son. And it will not go well for them to be counted amongst the persecutors on the last day. But he had once been a persecutor. Now he is no longer. He is a slave, a willing servant of the Lord Jesus Christ who loves him with all of his heart. Now note also at the beginning, he doesn't mention that he's an apostle. And so there's a great contrast here between letters like Galatians where he asserts his apostolic authority when he's teaching them. This is a very friendly letter. He doesn't actually need to. He knows they know that he's an apostle of the Lord. Jesus greets all of the saints in Christ. Jesus, who are in Philippi, and he abused them. He calls them saints. And what is he talking about there when he calls them saints? Haggai, literally holy ones. These are people who he considers as they are in Christ. Have you ever thought about this? We may think of ourselves as wretches. We may think of ourselves as people in whom there is nothing worthy of praise. And yet the way that the Lord looks at us is his holy ones, his ones who are set apart. His chosen ones who are even now being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. If you are in Christ, that is who you are. You are one of his special people. In the Old Testament, the word was segula, his special treasure. Brothers and sisters, the devil wants us to think of ourselves as only what we can accomplish by our meager efforts. And let's face it, that's not much. Isaiah, at the end of his long, his long prophetic letter in Isaiah 66, he talks about righteousness, the righteousness that a holy man like himself might be able to accomplish by himself. And he says these things, our righteousnesses are but filthy rags. But Christ, what does he do? He endows us with robes of righteousness. He enrobes us, as Luther put it so very well, so that when we stand before God on the last day, the saints are seen as they are in Christ. That is who Paul sees them as. They are people who are called to be holy and who are being made holy. We have been saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, but we are also, and this will come out from this letter, we are also being conformed to the image of Christ. It is as that example that was given to us a little while ago of the, as we were going through the Bible study of the princess who had been made, or rather the commoner who had been made into the queen. She was given the title, but then gradually she was taught the courtly graces and made into somebody who everybody understood and saw was the wife of the king. They are the people of God. They are the saints of Christ and that because of their union with the Lord Jesus Christ. All of the saints together in their communal sense are being addressed by Paul. This letter would have been probably read just as we read it in the midst of worship and so on, and then copied and passed on to the other congregations, the other saints throughout the world.
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A highlight from PE81: Bitcoin's Power Growth Trend
"Hey everybody, welcome. Today we're going to go back to the good old all -time power law trend line of the Bitcoin price. Alright, so here we are again with the good old Bitcoin price, all -time price history starting on May 22nd. It's my date, I'm roughly picking May 22nd 2010. Bitcoin pizza day where Laszlo, our friend, made the first recognized Bitcoin barter transaction. 10 ,000 bitcoins for two pizzas. So a couple months ago I was back on Peter McCormick's podcast with Peter and Danny talking about this chart. It's a favorite of theirs and of many have been publishing a variation of this for at least five years now, probably six years. a Based on couple good posts from Bitcoin talk back in the day, even though they were using a little bit of a different model than I am. There's four basic trend lines and statistics, a linear trend line and there are three non -linear trend lines, which would be logarithmic, exponential and power. This is a power law or power regression trend line where on log scale it grows pretty quick at the beginning, but then it's a little bit asymptotic, decays at the end. But that's just how it looks on log scale. That's just how it looks based on the formulas. If I go back to linear scale, it still looks exponential. It's just a little bit different than an exponential curve. Point is, with Bitcoin far and away, the best fitting statistical trend line curve that you can draw is a power trend line. I'm not saying for sure that Bitcoin's price will stay on this in the future. This is just probabilistically how the price has been behaving and we can draw some percentiles to suggest how price would be in the future. Do see my prior videos on explaining the different curves and looking at gold as well for these different trend lines. But anyway, 95 % R squared is a great fitting trend line for Bitcoin. So I just want to do a very, very quick revisit here on this episode. Here we had the 2021 boom, a little bit hidden by my tooltip, but it's a double top. They're getting over $60 ,000 per Bitcoin twice. Actually, let's zoom out just a little bit to get the tooltip not in the way. There we go. And so we see here again, once you draw that trend line. Using simple statistics, percentile bands, which are basically standard deviation bands, we can show based on every single day's worth of pricing data where that price data point fits at any given time. And unlike early days, these double tops here in 2021 were actually not so rare based on the all -time trend. They were above a one standard deviation move up, which means they were outside of two thirds of the time. So two thirds of the time, the Bitcoin price will be within these blue bands. And then what is the red band? What are the red bands? I should say that is a two standard deviation move or a 95 percentile move. It means that 95 percent of the time, based on the statistics, based on the data, based on the coefficients, we can expect the Bitcoin price to be within these bands. And unlike other models, which have been lauded and praised and then forgotten in prior years, this is just a very simple statistical model. It will adjust every day up or down based on the Bitcoin price. So unlike in earlier years, just a quick revisit here in 2011, 2013 and in 2017, we got to two standard deviation moves based on the all -time trend. Now, they were probably even more extreme at those particular times. But looking back, using all the data that we have, even until now in 2023, we can see that those were still extreme moves. They were still relatively for the time. And based on the power trend line, extreme moves. And 2021 was actually not so. Only one standard deviation move up. But of course, the main point of this video is in the last year, specifically from all of the scam coin crises here in mid 2022, culminating in the FTX bankruptcy in November 2022, Bitcoin's price also took a tumble and it took a pretty big tumble. You see here when we were about $16 ,000-$17 ,000 per Bitcoin in December 2022, we were at a two standard deviation move down. And so that band, that red band there. Let's just take off all the bands so you know exactly what I'm talking about. That red band there. It meant that Bitcoin was touching an event that only had happened five percent of the time in the past. So pretty rare. Pretty rare. It actually bounced right along that band. Again, this is not technical analysis. This is just basic statistics. It bounced along that band and then creeped back up. Even during the banking crisis of March 2023, where badly managing cash managed banks, mismatched asset and liabilities, banks had many problems, had to be pseudo bailed out in the US and other places. Bitcoin still rallied from the lows here at $16 ,000, went up to $30 ,000 mid year and into the summer, fell back down to about $25 ,000. And now I'm actually, I have the data as of today, as of literally this recording, we are about at $36 ,570 per Bitcoin, and we have had a nice little bump here from the high $20 ,000s in the last couple weeks. So this is where we are now. Now let's put the other standard deviation bands up to see where we are. We already have the trend line. We can see we're well under trend. Let's just quickly look at that. The trend line here based on today as of recording November 10th is $60 ,000 for Bitcoin, $59 ,918 per Bitcoin based on every single day of pricing history in the past. That is the trend line. That's theoretically where the price could or should be. And we have the actual price $25 ,000, $24 ,000 below that. And the two standard deviation down move, which would be a very rare move, which we did have a year ago, would be if Bitcoin tumbled back to $23 ,000 per Bitcoin. So they're all rising. All the trend lines are rising. Now let's look at one standard deviation down. We're above that as well. So what this means now, let's put one standard deviation back up. Let's even take away the two down means right now we're right back in normal territory. No matter what CNBC tells you, no matter what Peter Schiff tells you, no matter what Bloomberg tells you, we're actually right back in normal territory for Bitcoin. We're not even on trend. We're below trend. But we are in the territory that occurs within one standard deviation. It means within two thirds of the time, two thirds of the time, two thirds of the days analyzed, Bitcoin will be within this band. And we can see that it actually is right now. So we're within one standard deviation territory, pretty normal. If we were to get to say two standard deviations up, if we had a major major bull run, which I'm not claiming will happen anytime soon. But just so you would see a two standard move up. And this is where you can really see the not only the volatility of Bitcoin, but just the dynastic growth that has occurred as it's been adopted by millions of people around the world. In the last 14 years, a two standard deviation move up based on the numbers today, which would mean 5 % on the on the upside, it's actually two and a half percent on the upside. A very, very rare move. OK, so outside of 95 % of the of the observations, Bitcoin price would need to be $394 ,000 for Bitcoin. So that's where we are. As always, I'm pulling this chart out to 2030. And just if you're curious, I have had this many times shown this in many videos before. The trend line at the moment is roughly $600 ,000 per Bitcoin in December 2030. Again, the 95 % are squared. Trend line will move up or down every day based on new data that is fed into this model. This is what it is. Pay attention to it. And thanks for watching.
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We had four games that everybody thought were gonna be great and as it turned out, three of them were pretty good. One of which was a blowout. We'll get to all them here in a minute then of course we have our week 10 lines of five games that we're gonna focus on from our SI Sportsbook odds and then from there we also have the midseason awards that we have to get to as we are halfway home in the 2023 NFL season. Before we get to all that, let's welcome the other man of the tandem, Gil, what's going on man? How you been? Yeah, I'm doing well. Matt, as you know, I like to brag about my wins and complain about my losses and last week was a good week. I went 12 -2 with the picks but I am pretty disappointed that I betted against Joshua Dobbs. What a game, right? Unbelievable. I'm annoyed. You went 12 -2, I went 11 -3 and I feel like 11 -3 should have given me some bragging rights for the week and yet it did not happen. So I will say on the whole, our group, yourself, myself, Connor, Orr, Albert Breer, Mitch and John our editors and Claire, another editor of ours as well that does great work, I feel like everybody's picks have been really pretty good this year. There are some years you look at picks and go, oh my god, I'm barely above 500. Right now, I've got the sheep pulled up in front of me, so the best record is Albert who's 95 -41, went 11 -3 last week and then after that, Claire Kawana is right behind him with 92 wins and then in gold it says 87 wins and then it's myself, yourself, John and then Connor Orr at 75 and 65 pulling up the rear, so Connor's got to step up. Connor is bringing down the credibility of this entire group. That's not bad for last play, so 10 games over 500? His thing is, we all do our upset picks and he's done 50 upset picks. I think I've done like 16. So that's part of the reason, but yeah, the picks are good and of course people that want to can read those over at SI .com, we put them out every week. The editors are nice enough to put that together. All right, so last week, like I said, we had some great games. We had Chiefs Dolphins over in Germany and then we had Ravens, Seahawks, which we thought would be a great game, turned out to be a massacre, Late Window, Cowboys, Eagles, which was one of the wildest games I can remember seeing in quite some time and then of course we had Bills, Bengals at the end, the Sunday night game there and so like I said, we'll get to all those. Let's just start with how the day actually started. Over in Frankfort, Chiefs build up a 21 -0 lead on Miami. Miami comes back, makes it 21 -14. They had a couple drives at the end where they could have tied the game, even taken the lead if they went for two. They got into Kansas City territory both times, but both times ended up going backwards, lose the game. They dropped to 6 -3. Chiefs, of course, improved to 7 -2. Both teams go on their bye weeks. I'll So, let you set the stage here, Gilberto. What is it to you, is it more about the Dolphins that game or is it more about the Chiefs? It is more about the Dolphins because they can't beat a team with a winning record and don't tell me the Chargers are .500 and the Dolphins beat them. They barely got to .500, so I am concerned about the Dolphins, but I don't want to let the Chiefs off the hook, Matt, and I know you've been writing about this, but the Dolphins have been pretty average. It got to a point where now Mahomes is saying, yeah, we sting. We're pretty bad. Go talk about the defense. That defense is carrying us the entire season. You know what's kind of funny, Matt? This season, it feels like the team with the best defense might win the Super Bowl, and the Chiefs still have the best defense right now, it feels like, so it's kind of a weird irony, but you expect better from Mahomes and Kelsey, but the wide receivers, they can't create separation. And it wasn't for that awesome fumble, reverse play, whatever it was from Cook there. They would have probably lost a game there, but what's going on with the Dolphins offense? Averaging 17 points against the Bills, Eagles, and the Chiefs, so I go with the Dolphins there because I feel like the Chiefs could figure it out. It's halfway point in the season, they're just cruising by, and I think something will finally break out there, but I'll let you maybe talk about the Chiefs a little more. But the Dolphins, man, you're supposed to be the most explosive offense, highest scoring, and you can't even get a first down. It's like, do they have too many home run hitters? Too many touchdown makers? How about some chain movers? How about some first down people? How about some quick outs, and just get four or five yards, and everything just feels like a home run, and they don't adjust, and they don't kind of make end game adjustments because credit to the Chiefs, and Tyreek Hill said it too, they covered, there was great coverage on Tyreek Hill, so it's kind of one of those games where like, why not get a tight end that can help you out here? Why not get some guys that can make it easier? How about go to Raheem Oster a little more? He had like 12 carries, and he's averaging 7 .1 yards per carry, so I don't know what's going on with Mike McDaniel on two, and two was pretty bad in that second half there. Yeah, he had the touchdown to Cedric Wilson, but make some adjustments, Mike McDaniel, and stop going for the home run ball, Tua. Yeah, look, first of all, I agree, I think the Dolphins are the bigger storyline coming out of the game. Like, they've now played three really good teams, and they've lost all three of them, and they came back against Kansas City, but they were getting killed in that game too. They were 21 -0 midway through the third quarter, and frankly, if Chris Jones doesn't take one of the dumbest personal fouls you've ever seen, it's probably 21 -7, and we're having a different discussion. I think your point though, man, is good with the Dolphins in the sense of like, there's timing strung off. They're just dead in the water. They have no answer for it, and we've seen that now multiple times, this year and last year. Kansas City basically said, we're going to get up on the line of scrimmage, we're going to get our hands on Tyreek Hill, we're going to reroute them, we're going to cause problems. Look, who knows them better than the Chiefs, right? I mean, they know what can cause some issues, and they actually went back and watched practice tape of a couple years ago to try to figure out how to stop them. They went back and watched how they worked against him in team drills and practice, and tried to figure out some things, and it obviously worked. But from the Chiefs' angle of this, listen, the offense is a disaster, okay? They had 46 yards in the second half of the game in a turnover. But they're 7 -2 in the number one seed in the AFC because the defense is incredible, and they're just shutting people down left and right. If you go and look this year at teams that have played the Chiefs, nobody's thrown for 300 yards. Kirk Cousins came the closest. He was up in the higher 200s because he threw a million passes. But if you look at Gough's numbers, 253 yards, one touchdown, which was a good game. That was without Chris Jones that week. Trevor Lawrence, they didn't score a touchdown. He threw 41 times for 216 yards. Justin Fields threw for 99 yards. Zach Wilson, of all people, had one of the best days against him, 245 and two touchdowns. That game. wild And then you had Cousins, who went for 284 and two touchdowns on 47 attempts. Russell Wilson threw for 95 yards one game, and in the other game, the game that they won, he threw for 114. These teams, two I didn't throw for 200 yards. Nobody's throwing for yardage against them. They're second in the league in sacks, the first in pressure rate. They've got two elite corners in McDuffie and Sneet, and so, look, the question with Kansas City is obvious. Can this offense get going? Because if the offense gets going, they're probably the best team in the NFL. I mean, if they get even borderline top -10 production out of that offense, forget it. They have the week now to scout. I was texting with some people around the team, and I think there's a general thought of like, look, it's a bunch of little things that are throwing off the whole thing. Question is, how many of those little things can you fix in the next couple of months? The good news is you have Mahalem, you have Kelsey, you've got a good offensive line, you've got Andy Reid. The bad news is they have you and me at receiver. So, I mean, that's the question. My guess? They'll fix it to an extent. I don't think it's going to be a unit that you'll look at and go, oh my God, they're incredible. I think it's probably going to be a top -10 unit right around there at the end of the year. They're in the mix, but yeah, I agree, man. The Dolphins are definitely the thing that you'll look at right now, and the team you'll look at right now and go, all right, you're going to make the playoffs, but what are you going to do when you get there? Are you going to beat somebody good, or is there going to be a one -and -done? Matt, let me ask a quick question, because you watch this team closely, and I think I watch them good enough because they're always on prime time, but all these analytics people are saying, look at the EPA, look at the DVOA. They're top five in offense in all these categories, and I'm like, I get it. You keep showing me the numbers, but I keep watching the games, and the wide receivers are not that great. They're not scoring points. They had nine points against Denver, so I don't know what it is. Maybe when you said disaster, I'm like, okay, cool, because I was trying to play it safe. Maybe they're average because there's something here that I'm missing with the DVOA and the EPA. They're a disaster by their standards. By anyone else's standards, yeah, they're probably still an above -average offense, but by their standards, they're a train wreck. I will say this. People forget it because they won the Super Bowl last year. They were somewhat of a train wreck offensively the first half of last year, too. They had a bunch of games last year. They lost to the Colts last year. They muddled through a Chargers game that they ended up winning because of a pick -six that went 99 yards the other way. They struggled offensively against the Bills. They ended up beating the Raiders on a Monday night last year, but they were down 17 -0, and they needed to come back in that game. They were not good offensively for stretches of last season, and then they're them. In January, they cranked it up, and that was it. Even on one ankle, Mahomes did enough to win. But this has been the year before that. They were 3 -4 at the beginning of the year. They couldn't score a point in that season. That was the year Mahomes played, again, by his standards, not by anybody else's, but by his standards. He played poorly. You go to 2021, and they lost in the AFC title game. They were 3 -4, and then people say, oh, well, then they came out of it. They did in terms of that they won games. Their point totals after that 3 -4 start, they won 20 -17, 13 -7. Then they blew the Raiders out, scored 41, 19 -9, 22 -9. The last couple of years, they've had stretches like this, but by their standards, they're a disaster offensively right now. By the NFL's standards, they're probably somewhere between 10 -12th in the league offensively. So, got to take it for what it's worth. Yeah. All right. Let's get to the next game here. The Bengals and the Bills will go right to Sunday Night Football, speaking of a team that by their standards is an offensive disaster, despite what EPA will tell you. I'm not here to bag on the analytics, guys. I will tell you this. I'm a big eye test guy. You watch the Bills. My eye test, I don't care that they're fourth or whatever in EPA offensively. They have not been good over the last month and change. I don't think there's any way to say that otherwise. They go to Cincinnati. They made it a little bit closer at the end, but they were down 24 -10 with a few minutes left. They score a touchdown. They get the two, but they can't get the ball back. The Bengals now, 5 -3. Winners of four straight playing like we expected them to play at the beginning of the year. The Bills are 5 -4. It has been a struggle for them. They started the year 3 -1. Since then, they're 2 -3 going in the other direction. They have a very hard schedule. We'll get to that in a moment. What was your main takeaway from that Bengals -Bills game? Just the difference in quarterback play between Joe Burrow and Josh Allen and how to cover that game. I wrote about it. I kept seeing Joe Burrow moving around the pocket and extending plays. Then I look at the boxer, I'm like, wait, he has four rushing yards? I thought he ran for a bunch of yards. I know he had that one where he had the first down kind of signal. It's just when pressure comes, he knows how to move. It's smooth. It's not like he has to speed it up. He just says, okay, cool. You're right there, but I'm still going to do what I have to do and just extend plays. Matt, when it's Drew Sample and Tanner Hudson and Erskine Jr., Trenton Irwin, these guys are making plays. Then you look at Josh Allen, when the pressure comes, it looks difficult. It's chaotic. He has to kind of see what's out there and then, okay, force a throw or miss a throw. I get the Bengals defense is better than the Bills defense, so Burrow had maybe an easier time, but there was pressure. He was fighting pressure. I get it. The second there is not as good there, but it just seems harder for Josh Allen.
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So scroll down and use links below to access the correct and official sites, as well as redeem any special offers they have for us. Sweet. All crypto investors have or should have an extremely high tolerance for risk because we are dealing with extremely new speculative technology and a new emerging digital asset class that has not been around a while with a lot of regulatory uncertainty and a lot of things could go wrong. All crypto investors should never invest anything they absolutely cannot afford to lose and should always be mentally prepared to potentially lose all of their crypto investments. It's the cold hard truth about crypto and it has been since the beginning. We are still super early so we need to be prepared for anything to happen over the next several months and years. Cool. Please note none of this is financial advice, crypto is the wild wild west, so keep that in mind throughout your crazy crypto journey. And once we come to terms about the risks and realities of investing in crypto, there are two different investment and profit taking strategies we can adopt. Short term or long term positions. First let's talk about short term investment strategies and corresponding profit taking plans. A short term strategy in crypto should be treated as like rolling the dice in a casino, a straight up gamble. The potential pros, which very few people experience, are potential fast profits. The absolute cons are that it can be stressful, there is a lot more time and work involved, we will pay more transaction fees, we will have to pay capital gains tax on any profits we may incur, and we are taking on the risk of keeping money in crypto on an exchange, which can have outages, get hacked, freeze funds, or sometimes if there is a ton of volume, orders we had set up for our short term investment strategy get blown through and never get filled. So someone who wants to bet on price swings versus the long term viability of a project, meaning you just care more about the project increasing in price by 10 % over an hour a day or a week, not whether or not the project will survive over the next few years, then before buying that particular crypto, make a plan by implementing one of these three strategies or by doing a combination of them. The first strategy is the aim for the gain. This is where we determine the gain we are aiming for or hoping for rather. This means deciding that we are going to sell everything once the value of our position goes up by a certain predetermined percentage, like 5%, 10%, 50%, etc. For example, let's just say we are interested in gambling $50 on Dogecoin and decide we are going to sell all of it once the value goes up by 20 % when our initial $50 goes to $60. The best way to implement this strategy is after buying Dogecoin on an exchange, placing a limit order to automatically sell all of it if the value increases by 20%. Placing limit orders can be great because it takes a lot of the work and decision making out of the execution of your profit taking plan. However, the cons of using limit orders is that you have to leave your funds on an exchange, which is not ideal because they can go bankrupt, get hacked, freeze your funds, have an outage, or if there's a ton of activity, your limit order could get blown through and not filled. So if you are a beginner and would like to learn how to place limit orders and other advanced trading techniques step by step, I have a video guide on how to trade on Sweet. The second strategy is the sell schedule. This is where we create a sell schedule that determines certain percentages of our holdings we are going to sell at different price points as the price hopefully increases over time. For example, let's say we are going to buy $1000 of a cryptocurrency that is currently worth $1 per token, and we decide we are going to sell portions of our holdings using the following sell schedule. If the price increases from $1 to $1 .50, we are going to sell 10 % of our holdings. And if it increases to $2, we are going to sell 20%. If it's $2 .50, we are going to sell another 20%. If it's $3, we sell 40%. And with the remaining 10%, we can decide to just write it out and see what happens, or choose a price point at which we would sell the rest. And we can also use limit orders on exchanges to execute this strategy automatically for us. Nice. The third strategy is called house money, and it's very simple. Let's say we decide to buy $100 worth of a cryptocurrency, and if or hopefully when it doubles in value and our holdings are worth $200, we take out our initial $100 investment and let the rest of the money ride out the house money. That way, if the price decreases, we won't lose what we initially put in. With the house money strategy, it's still important to have a price point or percentage increase in mind for continuing to take profit with the house money if the value of the crypto continues to rise, which we could also use limit orders to do automatically. Amazing. So those are three profit taking strategies we can use individually or in combination with each other. For example, let's say we implement the house money strategy. And if or when we take out our initial investment, then we implement the sell schedule strategy on the house money still in the market. Simple enough, right? Nice. With short term investment strategies, since there is more exposure to price volatility than long term strategies, we should also consider implementing the first two strategies to mitigate loss. For example, if we flip the aim for the gain strategy to limit for the loss strategy, we can decide that if the price drops 40 % or more, we sell our entire position to limit our loss. Or if we flip the sell schedule strategy, we can decide to sell 10 % of our holdings if the price drops 20 % and then sell 30 % of our holdings if the price drops 40 % and so on. Either way, with short term gambling, we have the potential to make profits fast. However, we are taking on a lot more risk and more often than not, short term traders get burned. So next, let's talk about long term investment strategies and corresponding profit taking plans. When we buy to hold for the long term, we are talking about planning to hold for at least an entire year. Ideally, we are planning for a two to five year timeframe. So it allows us to at least catch one halving cycle, which is coming up around April or May of 2024. And if you don't know what it is, check out this beginner's guide by clicking on the link above. Cool. A couple things to watch out for as a long term investor is getting too attached to our investments and never wanting to sell and therefore never locking in potential life changing gains and never allowing it to enrich our lives and our family's lives. And so an important part of profit taking plans for long term investors is before jumping in, deciding what you want to use potential life changing gains on, whether that be paying off debt, buying a new car, buying a house, diversifying into other types of investments like real estate, stocks, bonds, gold or similar. And if you haven't yet, check out my video guide about the importance of taking profits in crypto and getting excited about converting our gains to enrich our lives by clicking on the link above. In it, some of you shared what you used your gains from the last few bull cycles on. So it will give you some great ideas. Sweet. So once we figure out how we want potential life changing gains to change our lives. Next, we need to implement a strategy to DCA or dollar cost average out of the market over time. For example, let's say we have been accumulating Bitcoin over the past few years, some Bitcoin at $1 ,000 per Bitcoin, some at 10 ,000, some at 30 ,000, and even some at the top around 60 ,000, all with the plan of holding for several more years. So when there are big price swings upwards, we need to get comfortable with the idea of taking profit to use on one of our predetermined goals like buying house or whatever, using it for anything else you may need to buy or similar or allocating it to another investment category like art, starting a business or similar to keep our investment portfolios diversified and balanced. A tool I've been using for the past few years to identify long term trends, like when we flip from bearish trends to bullish trends or vice versa is called the money line, formerly known as the BSI or Bitcoin strength index indicator. This tool is available at Morales money, which is a platform with a growing number of tools to help us prepare for and take full advantage of any potential opportunities available in the altcoin trading space by helping us find altcoins before they pump, which you can learn more about in the step by step video guide by clicking on the link above. And Morales money has many other helpful tools like these crypto bubble charts to help us quickly see which altcoins are up versus down during different timeframes. And as I mentioned, it gives us access to the money line tool, which we can try out for just $14 for seven days using the links below. If you'd like to learn more about how the money line works and how it's performed historically with predicting market trends, you can check out this video guide by clicking on the link above. Amazing. So with a long term investment strategy, we can also implement the aim for the gain and the sell schedule strategies, which would be the same as when we use them for short term investing. It's just over a longer time period. However, I do not recommend ever leaving any amount of crypto you would be upset about losing on an exchange for an extended period of time. So any crypto you are accumulating over the long term, make sure you are transferring it off of exchanges to hold securely on cold storage hardware wallets, like Tangent wallet, ledger devices, treasure devices, BC vault, etc. And you can check them all out using the links below. Sweet. So you can see how a long term position is less work, less mentally taxing. And at the end of the day, how most crypto investors have realized financial success in a relatively shorter period of time. Other types of investments typically take a lot longer to reap potential benefits. While in crypto, since it's so new, and we are still so early, price swings can be wild and produce a ton of profit for people in shorter periods of time. At the end of the day, the only person that can decide what profit taking strategy is best for you is you. We are all different ages and different stages of life. Some of us just need to look out for ourselves while others have kids, family and people that financially rely on them. Some of us have more responsibilities. All of us have different risk tolerances, different levels of technical skills, different amounts of money required to maintain certain lifestyles. So we need to sit down and decide ideally before jumping into crypto, at what price points we are going to take profits during our crazy crypto journeys together. Brilliant. Next, let's go over five things we should be mindful of with the profit taking process, regardless of what strategies we implement and why it is so important to practice transactions before to prepare. One, transaction fees. Every time we move our crypto around, it costs a transaction fee. So when we transfer our crypto to and from our hardware wallets, to and from exchanges, to and from each other, to and from anywhere, we will have to pay a fee from our wallet or from our account. And on crypto exchanges, when we buy crypto, sell crypto, exchange crypto or convert it, those will also cost us some fees. So when deciding on a profit taking strategy that works for you, make sure you take transaction fees into consideration, especially if you are investing with smaller amounts of money, because we don't have our profits until we either one, get the fiat on our bank account, or two, get the stablecoin to our own crypto wallets. Selling the crypto and transferring it off of an exchange will cost us transaction fees. Another thing to be mindful of is if you have an ERC 20 token like Uniswap on wallet, and you want to send it to the exchange to sell, you will need to pay the transaction fees in ether, which means you will need some ether in your wallet to pay to move it. So make sure you're familiar with any cryptocurrencies you have in which network they are on. So you have the right currencies to pay transaction fees to move them around and take profits. Each network and each wallet also synchronizes with their particular blockchain network at different speeds with different confirmation requirements. So in addition to fees, there may be some wait time we need to build into the profit taking process as well to banks when dealing with crypto, especially large amounts, our traditional banks sometimes freeze our withdrawals deposits and entire accounts for suspicious activity. So it's important as a crypto investor to one have multiple accounts with multiple banks. So we have several options when the markets are hot into call and let your bank know ahead of time when you plan on both taking profits and making big money moves in general, so the process goes more smoothly. Nice. Three stablecoins. It's important to keep in mind that stablecoins like USDC and USDT are not completely decentralized, meaning there is a central authority controlling the network that can choose to freeze your funds if law enforcement gets involved, or for any other reason they may deem necessary. So if you're trying to avoid taking profits and fiat with a bank for more control over your profits, just be aware of these facts when making your profit taking strategy die is a decentralized stablecoin option, meaning there is no central authority controlling it. And we can check to make sure that it's over collateralized on the blockchain. However, there is some technological risk and that it's still extremely new technology and could potentially lose its peg to the dollar suffer from glitches, hacks or similar for exchanges when taking profit, especially in hot markets with a ton of activity, exchanges will be your main issue. They experience outages, there are sometimes big lags in time before your account is credited, or when the money is transferred to your bank. Exchanges can suspend withdrawals for certain cryptocurrencies due to network congestion, they can freeze funds, and sometimes depending on the exchange, it can take more confirmations for certain cryptocurrencies than others to clear your account. So as crypto investors is extremely important to have many accounts with many different reputable exchanges as possible, and get their highest level of verifications. So we have as many options as possible when implementing our profit taking strategies. So scroll down and use the links below to access the correct and official sites of all of my recommended exchanges. Sweet. Five regulators, sometimes regulators go after certain crypto projects, which forces exchanges to delist them. We have seen this with ripple and other tokens over time. So it's important to keep in mind that when implementing a profit taking strategy, because if our cryptocurrencies are targeted by regulators, and exchanges start delisting them, we won't have many options to sell when we were planning to if our cryptos are targeted, it's best to either choose to sell it quickly altogether. Or if you want to take the risk, make sure you know that you may be very limited in your options to sell when the time comes. Great. Thanks for sticking around to the very end. As a bonus, here's a neat way we can access our gains instantly if we need to, without selling, transferring and waiting for funds to clear our bank accounts by using crypto debit cards. With crypto debit cards, we can choose to spend our crypto instantly by turning them into everyday purchases. Coinbase has a Visa debit card that allows us to spend our cash or crypto all while earning crypto and purchases and crypto .com also has a Visa prepaid card that allows us to spend cash or crypto all by earning crypto in process. Tangent wallet is also working on Tangent pay, which will be the first ever hardware wallet certified for direct payments in the visa network. So it will be the first ever self custodial payment card with cold storage that can be used at over 95 million visa terminals around the world. At the time of this video, the Tangent Visa card is still in development. And when it's ready, we'll provide a non custodial solution for combining crypto saving with the ability to In the meantime, Tangent has released their latest wallet with this nice sleek black design that works the same as their classic wallet, except now we have the option to generate a seed phrase or import one from another wallet if we want. Tangent's mobile wallet app has its 5 .0 software update right around the corner, which will feature a dark mode, the option to automatically or manually organize our crypto holdings, the capability of hiding our balances from the main screen, 24 hour crypto price change history, transaction histories for specific networks like Bitcoin versus Ethereum, rapid access options from the home screen, and an overall comprehensive redesign of the app, making it cleaner and more user friendly. So scroll down and use links below to access the correct and official sites of any cards that interest you and redeem any special offers they have for us. Awesome. If you would like to explore the growing Morales money platform and how it can help us potentially make more profits this next bull cycle, check out this video. If you like to learn how to use Tangent wallet and transfer crypto off of exchanges to our own cold storage harder wallet, check out this video and to get your very own Tangent wallet, click on the link on the screen. Like and subscribe for more. Be safe out there.
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"Last week Bitcoin closed above the very important 30k resistance price point, which you can see here on the chart. We've been struggling to touch and stay above since back here around May of 2022. The BSI or Bitcoin Strength Index Indicator is being renamed to the MONEYLINE, my preferred tool to try and predict switches between long term and short term bull and bear cycles, has flipped back bullish. As we can see, so far it looks like the bottom of this bear cycle was back here in November 2022, dropped to around 15k. And since then, we have been on a sideways upward trend, except for this short stint between August 2023 and this past week, when Bitcoin was really boring and sideways trending slightly downwards, enough for the BSI to flip bearish. So what's going on? What can we expect and be prepared for as crypto investors? Well, taking a look at the Wall Street cheat sheet, a chart that depicts the psychology of market cycles, we may very well be here at the disbelief phase, where people think, ah this is a sucker's rally, when the market cycle may actually be flipping back bullish, where people are still thinking, ah this rally will fail like the others, when the next phase may be hope, where people start believing a recovery is possible, and as you can see after that, the market takes off. So what Bitcoin price points should we be aware of and watch out for if we are able to stay above this 30k resistance level? Looking back at the Bitcoin price chart, the next level of resistance we may experience is 35k to 38k price points, which we were stuck at a bit back in January 2021, and again in June 2021. And assuming we break through and are able to stay above that level, the next resistance we could experience is here at this 46 to 48k level. We got rejected from a bit back in September and December of 2021, and also in March 2022. And if we break and stay above those, then we've got this 57 to 59k situation here. And following that, we'll have to see how high it can fly, because we will have broken through all of those tough price points. However, as always, we must consider all the possibilities, with the potential world war on the horizon, continued increases in interest rates, the SEC not budging on Bitcoin spot ETF applications, and other bearish, unexpected black swan events that could send us crashing all the way down to the most recent 15k low, which when looking back historically, is not a very strong support level. And the strongest one below it is 10k, and from there down to 7k and 3k. Anything is possible in crypto after all. However, let's assume that we already saw the bottom back in November of 2022, and Bitcoin is able to stay above and go beyond this 30k level. Something important we need to be mindful of, as crypto investors, before going into the next bull cycle, is that there are a lot of people, probably a lot of us, that have been holding bags of altcoins that are in the red from the last bull cycle. Some of our altcoins are down 20%, 40%, 60%, some down over 80 % and 90%, and some of us are still holding. And considering the reality of the situation where a lot of people are hurting financially, coming into this expensive holiday season, and they are holding altcoins that pumped hard in the last bull cycle, what are most of them going to do when these altcoins start trending upwards? They are going to sell. There will be a lot of sell pressure and most of the altcoins won't come back. Keeping in mind that there are tens of thousands of different altcoins, over 95 % of them will fail, including newer altcoins that will be popular in this next bull cycle. That's why one of the most important lessons that many people hopefully learned this last bull cycle, or maybe for some of us this is our first bull cycle, here's the deal. There is only one way crypto is going to change your life and it's very simple. Two words, take profits. The only way investing in risky, speculative, new technology like cryptocurrencies is going to change our lives is if we reap the potential rewards of being early adopters by taking profits, by selling when we are in the money. So when we buy cryptocurrencies and watch their values fluctuate over time, anytime our positions are up or the value is higher than the amount of money we put in, those numbers we see on the screen are just fuguzzi, fugazi, fairy dust. It's nothing but a number on a screen. Gains are not ours until we have either one, sold crypto for fiat and completely transferred it off the exchange to our bank account, or two, sold crypto for stablecoin and completely transferred it off the exchange to our own crypto wallet. Cool. So what else do we need to know before the next bull market is confirmed? Hello, I'm Crypto Casey and in this video we are going to cover some important things we need to do and be mindful of to prepare for the next crypto bull cycle in this crazy uncertain macro environment. Let's hit it.
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"The pump is never over, folks. Boy, I know. I'm feeling good. The crypto markets are starting to decouple from stocks. We may have cooled down a little bit, but we're expecting to cool down. I'm still feeling very bullish, still feeling very excited, still feeling very, very optimistic about this upcoming bull run. We got TJ and Josh with us on the ones and twos. How are you two doing today? Fantastic. In the corner today. I'm loving it. I got grounded. It's a little easy. You get to sit. And that's the main difference here. I like the shoes, man. I need that with my shirt here. But we got TJ. TJ, how are you feeling today? I'm feeling good. Love seeing Bitcoin going up. All right. And we're also talking some alts and we do got some alts that are performing quite well today. Folks, we're going to talk about Bitcoin and the decoupling we're experiencing with Bitcoin and stocks. So long have we said, well, Bitcoin has a strong correlation with tech stocks. Bitcoin has a strong correlation with growth stocks. Bitcoin has a strong correlation with the risk adverse or the risky stocks here. Those days might be behind us. So I don't want to hear about the S &P is dropping. I don't want to hear about, well, NASDAQ is showing some strong resistance at these levels. So I better sell my Bitcoin. Bitcoin might be the new master asset, the apex predator of all assets. I know Michael Saylor, he had that prediction three years ago. Well, it may be coming true today. All right, let's get right into the show here. Folks, make sure you check out Josh's video, came out last night. Let me hit home. All right, right here. You are here. And I would say that kind of sums up where we are within the four -year cycle. Still a firm believer in the four -year cycle. But I want to ask you, do you feel like just looking at that film and the video that you were in yesterday, do you feel like that's pretty accurate? I can't help but say I'm getting a lot of echoes of 2020 right now. The vibes are coming back. It feels like late 2020 or maybe that early January, we're all kind of debating on where we're currently at, but it does feel like that life's coming back from the market. So just it felt right. It felt right. The thumbnail looked good and the video is immaculate. So make sure you guys go check that out. Yeah, go check that out. I do want to share, you know, you talked about the vibes. I think we're not going to go into the X minute just yet, but I don't have it. There's the meme of it's Leo DiCaprio and it has him, you know, it's like, you know, Bitcoin at 35K today. But then it shows Leo from The Revenant is like Bitcoin at 35K about a year ago or on the way down. And my oh my, how things feel different when they're on the way up versus when they're on the way down. In fact, I remember people feeling bad about 50K. You know, there's a point where 50K was a scary number. Oh no, if we go below that, oh, it's over. Now, can you imagine how positive we would feel if we hit 50K? It's a night and day difference, folks. All right, make sure you're following us on X. Follow Josh Jake. It's not it's Joshua Jake, it's ZZ Joshua Jake. So you want to make sure you have the Z. Is a fake account, did they have the yes? Yeah. So that's actually why I had to do that in the beginning. Yeah. Yeah. There's a lot of Joshua Jakes out there. It's a very common name. You know, my parents just grabbed that right out of the Bible. They didn't try too hard. So unfortunately it's a lot of competition on social media. It's the resurrection of the basic names here. The new speaker of the house, his name might be Mike Johnson. It's like John Smith, a Mike. Is there any kind of combination of those names? We get to come up, you know, maybe just some vague thing where no one could really remember like, oh, we've got a Mike Johnson in the back. All right. That's perfect. Go ahead. Sign them up. All right. So it's Josh Jake. And he also catches a content here on Tik TOK, uh, 532 ,000 followers. I need to throw my Tik TOK up here too, as well. All right, guys, let's get into the crypto market though. I just hit refresh, but I like that fresh, fresh data. So we're going to hit it again. Just like that things update folks. Uh, we were up 0 .7. Now we're at 0 .6 here. You can see the crypto market cap coming at $1 .3 And trillion. real quick on that, we were talking a little bit this morning about how that 1 .3 trillion total market cap could be a little bit of a total market cap resistance from, you know, on the way back down. So, or it might break through. Yeah. Yeah. People were wanting to slow it down. Uh, no, not Josh. You, uh, sake. Uh, no, it's has the Z, not, not the, uh, not the Josh name. Uh, all right. But that's probably, you know what? You just made a new fake account. It's almost like, Oh, good idea. And now I'm going to send you a message. How'd your trades going? All right. Uh, let's go and look at the 24 hour. What is going on with this 24 hour volume? TJ, let me get your take here. I can't even remember the last time I've seen, you know, it's very rare. We get triple digits. I can't even remember the last time we saw over $200 billion. It's almost looks like a glitch. Uh, this is such a high, uh, departure because yeah, we have skyrocket. We've been hanging around this 30 to 50 billion. And now we're coming in at 230. What do you think this is a Bitcoin whales taking profit. That would be my best guess here. Yeah. I mean, obviously these are, these could be liquidations. It's a lot of money changing hands at these levels. Um, and, but I think it's just interest in, uh, money coming back into the market. We've got a lot of stuff, a lot of stables on the sidelines, a lot of cash on the sidelines. And I think people, the FOMO is just starting to kick in. I think a little bit from a lot of the bigger players, when you see Bitcoin take a big move, like it did over this past week, this past weekend, uh, you know, it could potentially rally into this weekend. I'll be really interested to see, interested to see what it does next week. Yeah. Seeing, uh, these volume numbers kick up is a very promising, uh, for all of this moving forward. It's exciting. It's fun to be, it's like, we are, we're back. We're back. Yeah. We're back. And, uh, we're seeing also a lot of hex volume too. So maybe Richard Hart, like woke up that God ETH wallet. Who knows? All right. Uh, Bitcoin dominance coming in at 51 .2. I'm not feeling the best about my bet with Tim Warren that we won't hit 60 before we hit 70 K, but you know, I'm, I'm still being optimistic here. ETH dominance coming in at 16 .6 and surprisingly low gas for $230 billion in volume gas, only 34 Guays. So really not too bad in the grand scheme of things. Let me zoom out a little bit. Bitcoin's price coming in at $34 ,181, uh, still kind of just ranging around in this 34 ,500 to 33 ,500 range Bitcoin down about 1 .3 % Ethereum down about 0 .1 % now below 1800. Let's, let's click on this. Just see how much has been battling that level. Okay. Okay. Uh, going against it, going against it, trying to pass it, trying to pass it past it, fake out, uh, you know, fall through support and then come through test support again. And now we're falling through. So we're going to maybe want to take a nice look at that one with charts here. Let's look at some of these other movements here. Look at that Solana, uh, pull back there. So a lot of people taking some profits off that Solana pump. You see it's up 31 % for the week, but now a nice little 5 % correction. And then doge coin. I said a lot of Pepe whales are going to roll their profits into a meme. And I chose doge as the meme took about a week, but, uh, it looks like maybe now it's starting to happen. I should have put my money where my mouth is. I didn't, I didn't listen to my own theory, but if you did, you're making some money. So go ahead and hit that like button. I appreciate it. All right. Uh, we have chain link whales, probably, you know, Sergei, he's starting to sell. So it's down about 4%, but still above $10. So 10 73, really good price. Now's the time to look at the top gainers. Are you excited for this Josh? I'm stoked every single day. Well, actually today's top gainers, you're going to see who it is. You'll see who it is in just a second. It's your favorite coin, right? When you see it, you want to throw a gala. I'm talking about gala, the gaming token. What is your opinion on gala? It is up 42 % for the week, still below 2 cents though, but it's above a penny. I used to love gala games. I really did. I used to hold onto it a lot in the last bull run and ultimate or leading into this, uh, bear market, but it was kind of, we just kept getting just plunged by a very, very thick samurai sword, just straight through the chest by the team and the foundation. Uh, and so, you know, just slowly over time, uh, you know, I started kind of starting to step away a little bit after what they were doing. Did you get in before the major pump right here? So I got on the max chart now. It looks like this was right around. Okay. So right when Bitcoin was pumping November, 2021 gala went all the way from under about a dime to about 65, 70 cents there. So when did you get in? I didn't get into about 20, 25 cents. I knew someone that just like was running all their nodes and stuff. So he made me jump in, but I made a quick profit off of it. Uh, but yeah, you know, and then kind of just fell in love with the community, got involved in the NFTs was like, Oh my goodness, play to earn game. He's going to be huge. Uh, you know, and there's just a few discrepancies that took place with the team and the foundation and early on NFTs. So, well, I think that there's a good lesson there too. Cause I, same thing. We got excited about gala. We played with some of the nodes. I've been to gala verse. I'm very intrigued at where web three gaming is going to go. Uh, but he mentioned a lot of different things, the team, the focus, the initiatives that they were on. And I, when I went to gala verse, I believe it was 21, maybe, yeah, it was summer of 21. They were unveiling the music stuff and gala films, and they were definitely very split focus going a lot of different directions. Uh, the, uh, one of the original founders, definitely strong resume, but seeing a lot of the different initiatives that they had made me pause and like, wait a minute, just stick to games. If you guys go to all these different directions, it's definitely going to get fragmented very quickly. Um, and so I think there's something to be said there for watching a project, seeing what they're working on, they can have a really good idea of being a really good niche just because the project doesn't necessarily succeed. Doesn't mean gaming, you know, web three gaming, isn't going to succeed. Uh, and I still would like to see where some other games come out because they've got a lot in development, but, uh, the tokenomics, we've said for quite some time on this channel, a lot to be desired for. And, and, and that happens a lot in gaming. You get people that know how to make games, but they don't know anything about blockchain. Uh, and so you end up with a good game and bad tokenomics, and then the inverse, you might have really good tokenomics, but a unplayable game. And that we haven't really found a happy medium yet. And I will say this about gaming tokens, it's going to have a high percentage of investors are retail compared to very obscure defy play compared to, you know, this L two side chain para, you know, those are going to have a more of the, the, the in -depth people gala is going to have a huge influx of retail is my prediction. And then the markets can remain, uh, irrational longer than you can remain solvent. And so don't, you could have, you could be screaming at these people don't buy this because look at this huge token unlock and they're like, yeah, I don't really know what that means. I'm going to go ahead and buy this coin. Shut up nerd. So that's going to be my two cents on, you know, the, the counter where, Hey, you know, these tokenomics are terrible. There's no way it can pump. There's going to be a huge percentage of people who just do not care about that. Unfortunately. I agree with crimson caravan company says web three gaming is going places, but I don't think gala is going to take it there. Okay. I tend to, yeah, I think play during game is it'd be especially in the e -sports category. I mean, there's just so much you can do. That's going to allow a lot more gamers of streamers out there. I know you come from Twitch. It's such a competitive area. I think there's going to be a really good crossover in the future, but like you said, it's just, we haven't found that perfect balance yet. And I do expect that to come in the future. And don't you have a little bit of a gaming background, Josh? Yep. Yep. Just a little bit. Try playing professionally with the Vegas competed to the whole nine yards and then started there. That's where I actually started streaming Fortnite's call of duty. And then the game called split gate. If that's a young person's game, a first person shooters is a young person's game. If you look at Fortnite, like the world leaders are all teenagers are lower. And so like at a certain point, like these, these milliseconds of reaction speed is what makes the world champion 22, 23. You can't do it anymore. Cause some 12 year old is going to be like, you know, moving his fingers a hundred miles per hour. It's crazy. Yeah. And also there's a really bad drug usage and a first person shooter. E -sports also in magic. Yeah. Yeah. They actually rolled back the drug testing parameters. That's a real thing. It's like actually a recent story from this week. They, they, they rolled that back. So it's, it's Adderall. So it's, it's, it's heavily, heavily abused in the gaming industry. All right. Let's talk about some of the top gainers though. Speaking of being abused, we have Doge. It got abused all the way down from 69 cents, but now it is back to under 90 % correction folks. So we're back to 90 % draw down instead of 95%. So how do we feel about that? A Doge coming in 7 % pump up to 7 cents, a quant. God dang it. We're just, we're talking about quants so much internally in the office in the past. I don't know a lot yesterday and a lot this morning. I didn't know it was even the number three gainer. We got to get these shorts out. We should have got a short out, man. We should have done a quant short because guys, this was on our radar. We were talking about it. Also we have roll Bitcoin. It's up 5 .4 % along with rocket pool, Shiba in you. So I guess my theory did play out. Folks said the Pepe whales are going to put it in meme tokens. It looks like it's finally happening. Arbitrum up 5%. The graph. Hey man, what are your thoughts on the graph? I love the graph, by the way. Indexing is a huge part of the industry, but you know, if you're trying to read a white paper, I did kind of close my eyes and felt like I was in a library, but you know, indexing is going to be needed for scaling and everything on Ethereum. So I do like graph. I've looked into the past, made quite a few videos on it, but ultimately I don't hold it. Uh, I think I just, because I don't know, again, it just wasn't, it's not the sexy token of the industry. You know what I mean? No. And when you start breaking down, uh, it has a good moniker, which does not, I'm not saying this is what the graph is, but people call it the graph, the Google of blockchain. Yeah. And they call it that it doesn't really make any sense once you really kind of deep dive, but on the surface, it's, it's a not totally unfair comparison. I could see retail and speaking of retail, you know, there's a couple of retail plays. I think I think crypto .com, just the fact that it's called Crow, easy to say crypto .com great URL. I think that's going to play out in a large way. And I would say the same thing for the graph, Google of blockchain. Well, that sounds good. It's on Coinbase. I'm going to buy, Oh, it's under a dollar. I'm going to buy it. So I really feel like retail is going to come back. Also all the people that stayed on the sidelines who had huge pumps from it. Uh, so they, they're probably going to want to get back in. All right. Avalanches. Uh, then after that guys, it gets a little bit boring. We're under 3%. So let's look at the top losers. There's none.
A highlight from Episode 382 - Compelling call to action to join the Public Safety Threat Alliance
"Hello and welcome to My Security TV in our Tech and Sec Weekly. My name's Chris Cubbage. I'm the director with My Security Media. Today, we're joined by Jay Kane from Washington. He's the director of Threat Intelligence Cybersecurity Services with Motorola Solutions. Jay, thanks for joining us. Yeah, thanks so much, Chris. I appreciate you having me on today. Jay, we've had Motorola Solutions on before. It's one of those iconic brands that we know within the technology domain. And even just reading about Motorola being sort of broadcasting the first words from the moon landing, 1969. So you're coming up to 100 years. It's about 95 years company. So it's an amazing, iconic company. So it's really great to have you on. And also, likewise, it's great to have these companies talking about cybersecurity and acknowledging the threat landscape, I suppose. And you're particularly in public safety domain. The land mobile radios are used by law enforcement and public safety organizations. But we are seeing also cybersecurity attacks on these platforms as well and against these organizations. So everyone is uplifting cybersecurity and cybersecurity awareness. Maybe just let's talk about the threat landscape for public safety organizations and what you're observing. We've had our fire services, our police services being attacked here and compromised here in Australia. I imagine you're seeing the same thing in the US and globally. Yeah, we sure are, Chris. And in fact, I think what we're seeing, even as we look back over five years now, is a steady increase in the number of attacks, the complexity of attacks, and then really also the number of threat actors that have gotten to the game by and large for financial reasons. And when you look at public safety, emergency communications, as you mentioned, land mobile radio, computer aided dispatch, call handling, be it the triple zero centers, the 911 centers here, it's a no fail mission. And also with that, it's a no fail mission that in some ways, as we see it, is a bit of a, you know, kind of a sweet spot for some of these threat actors. Because it may not arouse the the the resources of your national intelligence services. But because of the no fail nature of it, particularly when you look at whether it's from a small locality all the way up to a large city, oftentimes they feel that they're going to have to pay when there's an attack, if there's a ransomware tied to that. And so, you know, as you mentioned, we've been around for quite some time to include over 50 years in Australia and supporting the Australian people to include first responders.
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A highlight from Bitcoin $30k: Uptober is Back on the Menu!
"I don't necessarily think that right now, if these products launched, we'd see some incredible inflow of people buying Bitcoin. My anticipation, then, would be that a lot of that speculative energy that flowed in, in the days between the announcement and the listings, would level off or even flow back out, but I also still don't think that would be the end of the story. It's in the importance of narrative and the announcement of the arrival of Bitcoin on the most mainstream traditional financial stage, and it's about its existence as a vehicle in the long run for all sorts of different use cases that we're not imagining and that aren't about rushing in on the first day. Welcome back to The Breakdown with me, N .L .W. It's a daily podcast on macro, Bitcoin, and the big picture power shifts remaking our world. What's going on, guys? It is Monday, October 23rd, and today we are talking about October. It's back. Here's why. Before we get into that, however, if you are enjoying The Breakdown, please go subscribe to it, give it a rating, give it a review, or if you want to dive deeper into the conversation, come join us on the Breakers Discord. You can find a link in the show notes or go to bit .ly slash breakdown pod. All right, friends, this is not something we normally do, but let's talk price. Today, I think warrants it because it is more contextual than just some random move. And of course, you don't need me to tell you this, but Bitcoin is up at the time of recording around 31 ,000, not quite there, but just under, and overall closed last week above 30 ,000 for the first time since early July. The weekly gain was 11 % and that was the largest weekly green candle since late June, which was when Bitcoin markets went ballistic of news of BlackRock's application for a spot Bitcoin ETF. Now, of course, throughout the long crypto winter, 30 ,000 has sort of been the price ceiling on multiple occasions. Aside from that BlackRock rally in June, we also saw Bitcoin hit 30 ,000 in early April, which was of course during the period the aftershocks of the banking crisis coincided with Binance converting a billion dollars of its defunct stablecoin BUSD into Bitcoin and other major tokens. Now that said, every trip above 30 ,000 over the past six months has ended up reversing and heading back down below 26 ,000. July saw the most robust trading above 30 ,000, spending most of the month above critical psychological level. The period saw two tests of the 32 ,000 dollar level, which analysts are pointing to as a much more critical technical level, although I don't know anything about that so I can certainly not verify or deny it. 32 ,000 though is where Bitcoin put in its lows in July 2021 before heading back up to all -time highs, marking the double top of the last bull run. Now, the price action over the past week has been accompanied by a major uptick in exchange volume, beginning with Cointelegraph's fake news report last Monday that the BlackRock ETF had been approved, traders have flocked back to their exchange of choice to take new positions. The block's preferred metric of seven -day moving average of daily volumes across all exchanges has now hit 15 billion. That means that while we're still a long way from volumes in the first quarter of this year, which were up above 30 billion for most of that period, we're still up more than 50 % since multi -year lows in September. Now, as you might imagine, the Bitcoin pump has extended gains for Bitcoin dominance. That metric of course compares the market cap of Bitcoin to all other crypto tokens and is a measure that has been trending up since last November. Bitcoin dominance is now firmly above 50 % for the first time since April 2021. Last cycle highs in Bitcoin dominance reached 70 % during late 2019 when most previous cycle altcoins had been largely written off as worthless. The broader crypto market is obviously far different during this crypto winter with Ethereum clearly carving out its niche as the second major token and even Solana as we'll talk about in a minute having come to the very brink of and then continuously saying not today. Now, still perhaps the most obvious comparison to draw is year -to -date performance across crypto markets. Bitcoin has now gained over 85 % since January compared to a 41 % gain for Ethereum. Several top 20 tokens have put in stronger performance than Bitcoin with, for example, Solana up 210 % and Chainlink gaining 95 % year -to -date, but obviously comparing altcoins is a little bit different than comparing the majors. Indeed, with the vast majority of altcoins down so far this year that it counteracts this handful of standouts, it's very difficult to claim this year as anything other than a Bitcoin -led rally. The block research, Rebecca Stevens said, inflation woes, geopolitical risk, and an increasingly partisan US government have been weighing on investors who are looking to minimize risk. Meanwhile, Bitcoin seems closer than ever to getting a spot ETF approval and in a certain sense serves as an ideological hedge to the uncertainty on the world stage, helping it reclaim more dominance in the crypto space. Community reactions are commensurate with the news. I saw about a billion tweets like this one from Ro Mooli who said, the Bitcoin bull market is imminent. Can you feel it? Oliver Velez says, I believe this is our last opportunity to buy or accumulate Bitcoin under 30k. Whether this period lasts a few days, a week, or whatever, I believe it will be brief. And once it's gone, it's gone forever. Cryptodon Alt pointed out just how remarkable things are right now, saying, kind of crazy to think that the entire crypto industry nuked. The most famous and influential players got wiped. A bunch of people went to jail. The global economy buckled. Retail got carried out entirely. And yet Bitcoin is only down around 55 % from its highs. Now, the last thing that some were pointing out is the ultimate affirmation of diamond hands and DCA -ing in that after three years of very regularly scooping Bitcoin, MicroStrategy is once again up on their investment.
A highlight from Episode 69: The Cult of the Alpha Male: Andrew Tate and the Red-Pill Movement An Interview with John Bloedel
"Hey, welcome back to Let's Talk About It with Jackie and Megan. We like to talk about things that are messy, awkward, hard or controversial, and create a space for healing. Well, hey, everyone, welcome back to Let's Talk About It with Jackie and Megan. Today we are joined by John, who is my husband, and we are going to be talking today about the phenomenon of red pilled men and the cult of the alpha male. So John, before we start, do you want to just tell our listeners and watchers a little about who you are? Yeah, I am obviously married to Megan. I'm a digital marketer for Live Action, which is a pro -life media organization. I'm currently working on my Masters of Divinity from Moody Theological Seminary, which I should be graduating in the spring with my full MDiv. So really excited for that. And in armchair for enthusiasm internet culture broadly. And so this is something that I feel is a bit idiosyncratic for a Christian man to know a lot about. But it's something that has in recent months become really kind of a big deal when it comes to the conversations between men and women specifically within Christianity. So yeah, that's a bit about me. I like to online culture. And Christians, especially Christians in ministry is rather like two roads that don't really meet. A lot of pastors or priests are very not familiar with internet culture. Even like youth pastors who are working with younger generations are not always super adept at internet culture. So I think it is a unique crossover. But for people who aren't familiar at all, what is the red pilled movement? And how did it start? Yeah, that's kind of a big question because because it's internet culture, it's completely decentralized. You might be familiar with the term red pilled used in kind of its memetic way where it's used sarcastically for someone that has socially a inept opinion or is kind of a radical in some way. But right now, if it's used as a signifier of a movement, if someone is using it like red pilled male or alpha male, it's most likely in reference to a movement that has been around for quite some time actually. The red pill movement is kind of apparent to a movement called MGTOW, which is an acronym for men going their own way. MGTOW got started on the heels of kind of the rad femme movements in the early 2000s. This was very like web 2 .0, early internet culture, I think the forum is actually still around for it. And this movement was men basically checking out from society, checking out from relationships with women, as well. It was very much rooted in this idea that as much as society was trying to focus on women's struggles, men still bore the brunt. This is not me saying this, this is their position. The idea that, you know, if you look at the statistics, men still make up 95 % of workplace workplace deaths and injuries. Men, by and large, get ignored by the court systems and divorce, they lose custody. Men, by and large, don't actually get as much social welfare as women do. They experience heavier sentencing when it comes to criminal trespasses, and on and on it goes. And so the MGTOW movement was this idea that as society tries to focus more on women, men need to focus more on themselves and check out and focus on their own needs instead. This kind of also coincided with the men's rights activists movement, which was concerned with a lot of the same things. It was less radical, and it was a bit more egalitarian. But this was very much what was in the air in kind of mid to late 2000s into the early 2010s. And then the red pill movement kind of comes along and explodes all of this into being less of a third way -ism, a different way that men could interact with society, which was kind of more quiet reserved, just checking out from things and focusing on themselves, to actively hostile and actively rejecting what would be considered social orthodoxy, where society says men and women are equal, red pill says men and women are not equal. Men are smarter, men are stronger. Men should use this to their advantage in every way. The red pill movement in that way is obviously very misogynistic and very sexist. A lot of people would tend to argue it's not, and that making that accusation shows you don't understand it. But that's just coping for the reality of the situation. It's kind of that double thing that's there, because they do understand that they are swimming in the wake of the MGTOW movement, and they're attempting to say, well, men have been put upon for so long, and society doesn't care about men's issues. So we're going to finally start caring about ourselves. So to a certain degree, if you question this within the halls of kind of the accepted red pill orthodoxy, people will just kind of assume you hate men, people will assume you don't really care about men, and they'll say, okay, well, you know, we're finally standing up for ourselves. And so you don't want us to be happy. No, it's just very, just because we don't hold the idea that men should be ascendant socially and use and abuse women doesn't necessarily make you a sexist. So it's, it's very difficult to disconnect it from the overblown and rather melodramatic claims of men's rights activists and the men going their own way movement, because that's very much where its roots are. That was a lot. I'm like completely foreign to this whole world. I feel like I'd never heard the term men's rights activists just until now. I, I feel like I only started to see or understand this movement at all with the introduction of Andrew Tate, which I don't really know a ton about him, even just that apparently he's not a great guy. But I've even seen some Christians. I have heard all this terrible, all these terrible things about him, but then some Christians are promoting him. So what is the deal with Andrew Tate and how he's connected to all of this? So this is an area where my expertise in internet culture actually pays dividends. I've been following Andrew Tate's stuff for three or four years now. So Andrew Tate, his personal history is him and by extension, his brother Tristan Tate got their start in international kickboxing. So they were martial artists and they were, they were good at that. They won money doing that. They are genuinely talented in that area. But I mean, cutting to the quick, they are both sex trafficking, abusive men who should be buried under the prison. They, they are not good people. They are arrogant, bordering on sociopathic liars, narcissists, and manipulators. And the way that Andrew Tate is connected to all of this is after he got out of the martial arts world, he started running scams online under the name Cobra Tate. That was his Twitter account. When I first found him in late 2019 and his website, you'll hear a lot about a hustlers university. And you'll hear a lot of them talking about their webcam business, which is actually what they're being investigated for and charged with and tried for right now is they were sex traffickers and pornographers. So, but that was only one part of what he offered on his website. His website was actually very strange and oddly schizophrenic. It offered all sorts of bizarre trainings, one of which was like this weird military training where he was alleging that he could train people how to be some type of elite special forces unit. It's it was very strange, but the biggest part of it that he was selling was this hustlers university, which was effectively a crypto scam combined with how to abuse women into making webcam pornography for you to sell online. And I'm sure you're thinking how does this turn into the red pill? A major part of the red pill is actually marketing because the way that Andrew Tate exploded onto the scene because I was following him this entire time just because I thought he was funny and you know. So what he did was he used a decentralized marketing plan. So he used about a thousand followers back when shorts were still kind of a new thing in terms of internet culture like TikTok, Instagram and YouTube. And part of his hustlers university was he was offering bonuses to followers of his who would start their own YouTube channels and repost shorts of his appearances on these podcasts, which is by and large where most people first saw him. They were short form video content of him saying bombastic things about women, bombastic things about sex, bombastic things about the power of masculinity. So he actually rose to fame in the red pill kind of manosphere movement because of marketing. And that's kind of how the misogynistic podcast personality became an ascendant part of this culture. It's part of the reason why you've kind of seen even Christians dealing with this because this very much did come out of nowhere and it is it is impossible to understand the red pill without short form video content because of how Andrew Tate used it. It was very much a scam. It was very much a marketing plan and it played on again this feeling of unfairness that certain men had and this idea that if you kind of bandage the wounds of the man that has been put upon that he would kind of become loyal to you. So Andrew Tate specifically who's kind of the number one guy for that movement 100 % marketing, 100 % a scam artist. So I can understand where like you were saying men who feel like they've been wronged by society or maybe have not had a women would be like drawn to someone like Andrew Tate who is like saying these very extreme things. But I think what confuses me is when Christian men are drawn into this. So what do you feel like is fueling the interest in the manosphere among especially Christian men specifically? I think being reactionary is broadly always going to feel more cathartic than attempting to be constructive. In that way I think a lot of Christian conservative men look at almost anyone who is not liberal and I'm not saying red pill is conservative either. It's just anyone who's not liberal even anti -liberal they view them as co -travelers which is I don't need to tell you that's dumb. Don't do that. And so what happens is anyone who's saying well you know third wave fourth wave feminism oh it's cancerous to men. Wow. So brave. That's not something that's worthy enough for us to travel together when we're attempting to do something new. So I think for a lot of conservative Christian men they suffer from the same issues that the MGTOW men had which is they view a society that is increasingly hostile towards biblical masculinity and biblical femininity for that matter and they think that anything that is anti -liberal is going to assist them in you know this battle. And it's not going to obviously because the biblical model of masculinity and the biblical model of femininity cannot be affirmed by people who have an axe to grind against the other sex. That's just never going to be possible. And what are Christian's responses I'm just curious too you were saying that he was manipulating women into producing webcam pornography and all of these awful things that are just very blatantly against Christianity. What is their response to these Christian men that are following Andrew Tate or are supporting Andrew Tate? I would say one half of them obviously just don't know. I don't believe ignorance is an excuse but obviously it should weigh in the balance if someone genuinely doesn't know and immediately goes oh I feel embarrassed now I'm gonna you know put my hand over my mouth in embarrassment and I'll never do it again okay fine whatever. I'd say the other half I actually wrote an article about this on my medium. The other half are willing to condemn the bad things about him but are kind of saying let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater. Okay right they're saying I believe one tweet I reference in my article says he calls men to a kind of excellence but it's a truncated form of excellence. No he doesn't. He doesn't call anyone to form of excellence. He's a degenerate pervert trafficker, a violent trafficker at that. If you actually read the court documents which I have that he's this it's it's a smoking gun that he was abusive. When I say trafficking I mean that in the real sense of the word. He was keeping women from leaving a compound. He he literally had women in prison. So again the worst of the worst and so it's one of these instances where it's either ignorance of the situation because they didn't sacrificing the good things that there are and the simplest response this is to go you shall know them by their fruit. There's how are you forgetting that basic principle of this? This is nothing but bad fruit. You don't need a big name personality to make your point for you. Make your point and then move on. Don't try and yoke yourself to someone like everything that he says is happening was happening which Tucker Carlson gave him a platform which was just despicable and that's where a lot of Christian men got their first interaction with Andrew Tate and he simply lied the entire time about what he did. But even if this was some massive conspiracy that he was the victim of it wouldn't change the fact that he admits and talks about being a womanizer. He admits and talks about making money off of producing pornography. He admits and talks about having multiple partners being the normal way that men are. If you think that there's anything good in that movement to affirm I'm I'm not going to listen to you and frankly I think you should probably stop talking. What is it that he's saying that they feel like like when you're saying don't throw the baby out with the bathwater what is it that they feel has merit or that is good just that men should be masculine? Right and that that's the issue it's men should be masculine because masculinity is what men do and and it's circular reasoning a lot of them won't ever really define what it is because that's the very live cultural conversation that we should be having. What does biblical masculinity look like today? That's a massive conversation that needs to be had what does biblical femininity look like today? That's again a massive conversation that's one not going to be easily marketed on YouTube shorts so you're not going to get any you know massive fame or acclaim for saying it. It's probably going to be rather boring because biblical masculinity is power under control. That's an important thing. One of the things that someone like Jordan Peterson who I've warmed to over time one of the things that Jordan Peterson talks about is that you know you can't be a man unless you're dangerous but the whole point of becoming dangerous is you're controlling that and that's the point. Grace is power under control but that's not sexy that's not fun that's not getting into cage fights making lots of money and having any woman that you want. Power under control is humility. Humility, self -control, chastity, all of these things they aren't the Samson killing thousands of Philistines with a jawbone kind of testosterone soaked Arnold Schwarzenegger and predator levels of masculinity that we want but these are all broken forms of masculinity and so Andrew Tate comes along and kind of goes well wait societies throughout the millennia have had men that were actually dangerous and it was normative throughout all of history for men to have multiple partners and my response to that is to go you're right we also didn't have penicillin back then. There's a lot of things about the modern era that are better because Christianity came along and fixed them. The ugly truth about the majority of human history having polygamy is because 20 percent of the men had 80 percent of the women. There's a reason eunuchs existed. There's a reason why it is shown to be such an awful thing when David takes Bathsheba and kills Uriah and it's compared to a sheep. This was the way it worked. Women were a good to be consumed. Christianity comes along and makes it that one man and one woman in a chaste marriage is the most important thing for societal cohesion and it's worked and history proves that which is why I'm so confused when Christian men come along and go well Andrew Tate is calling him to a kind of excellence. No he's calling them to degradation of society. Well men should be dangerous. If what you're saying is that hey if you're carrying around an extra 35 pounds after the holiday season go for a run get back into shape so that you could in a pinch defend your wife and kids. Say that. You can say that. That's okay. You can be a bit more humble in what you say. You don't have to come out and agree with everything Andrew Tate says because in his mind masculinity is nothing short of who he is incarnate. He is a consummate narcissist. In his mind unless you've had multiple violent altercations with other men, beaten them, and also had multiple very very grotesque sexual encounters you're not really a man. So it's suffering from a bad view of masculinity and a bad view of femininity at that. I saw that he was on Candace Owens interviewed him like featured him for like a three hour interview. Did you watch that? No I don't watch anything with that because I don't want to give them clicks or reach because I know that's how he got it. Yeah I didn't either but apparently her reaction to him was that he is or her opinion on him is that he's a reaction to a culture or to what is happening in society. And what I think that she's saying is that he is just a reaction to very radical feminism which I think that you kind of mentioned but could you explain more how this movement is connected to I kind of want to revisit the idea of ignorance versus you know half condemnations. I think for a large portion of young men who are taken in by this red pill movement who are younger there is a genuine sense of confusion because what feminism has done specifically the bad kind of feminism has lowered the playing field when it comes to what is societally acceptable. Whereas the original feminism was men act like pigs we're going to call them to better behavior. Now it is men act like pigs so we are free to act like pigs. Additionally the level of equality due to the of madness transgenderism and this idea that gender fluidity is a thing and that yes science actually does say men and women are exactly the same. I think amongst young men there's this failure to comprehend what masculinity is and what grace is which is again it's power under control. And so they're kind of looking at this and going well if women are equal in every single way and they demand to be taken seriously I don't understand how I'm doing anything wrong by just playing the game. I think there's a certain level where a lot of young men have genuinely believed this idea that men and women are equal in the sense that there are no distinctions between them even at the ontological level at the spiritual level there's no distinction.
A highlight from The Disruptive Entrepreneur - risk something
"In this episode, I speak to the disruptive entrepreneur, Rob Moore. Rob is a millionaire entrepreneur, serial podcaster, author, and philanthropist. In this fascinating and inspiring conversation, we talk about how Rob had shifted his mindset towards entrepreneurism. He emphasizes the importance of taking risks, overcoming self -doubt, and not worrying about others' people's opinions in order to achieve greatness. Rob began his own entrepreneurial journey, starting with £50 ,000 worth of debt. And now he has a successful portfolio and multiple businesses. Listen up to discover how that became possible. I create clear thinking and decisive leaders who can amplify their influence. Contact me to find out how I can help you or your organization. And today our guest is Rob Moore. How are you doing, Rob? Good, Judith. All good. Excellent, Rob. What's your favorite book? Of all time ever. Yeah, why not? Okay, well actually, I just did a TikTok today called Four Books That Made Me a Millionaire. Wow. And it's hard to pick. But I'm probably going to have to take this one. Think and Grow Rich. Wow, an oldie but a goodie. Yeah, probably because it was like the paradigm shifter for me. You know, obviously, now, you know, 70 % of it, you know, I know what I am doing. But back then it was a real mind -opener. The concept of your network is your net worth and the concept of a visual mastermind boardroom in your mind of all the millionaires and billionaires around the world who you have access to through your own mind. Yeah, it was powerful. Wow, I didn't know you said that last bit. I should read the book. Considering it's nearly 100 years old, it's quite a modern visualization technique. But instead of just incanting, like closing your eyes, I mean, most nights I have done this for 17 years ago to bed and I close my eyes and I go wealth, success, health, strength, happiness, confidence, non -judgment, abundance, love and gratitude. And sort of mantras and incantations might be level one, but actually visualizing in your mind a boardroom and all the people there that are your idols that are where you want to be and imagining it in detail and asking them questions and having them come up with the answers even though they're coming through your own mind. Yeah, it's quite powerful. I mean, the brain is crazy, isn't it, really, in the stuff that we can do. And I think it's because we don't activate the subconscious enough to actually really utilize our brain properly. Yeah, I mean, I'm not a neuroscientist, but for sure, if, like Judith, and Matt, if you're in the room interviewing me and you took a knife and you sliced a gash in my arm, within six weeks, without me even thinking about it, my body would have repaired that. And, you know, we watch sometimes these science fiction films where you cut off an alien's arm and it grows back. Well, essentially, we can almost do that. So, we're not as alien as we think we are. So, if the brain can do that subconsciously, why are there not other things that it can do? We just have to learn how to activate it. I remember watching, this was probably, again, 20 years ago, where a lady could self -anesthetize and she was actually having a brain surgery and she was awake and she was just anesthetizing herself and I'm scared of needles. I wouldn't do that. But, yeah, I think, you know, I really believe the law of attraction works. It's just that people say it doesn't work because they haven't got what they want. It's just that the law of attraction is working perfectly. It's just they don't know how to use their mind to attract and be what they are rather than what they want. That makes a lot of sense. Rob, tell us a bit more about you. Well, I am just about still nearer to 40 than 50, just about. So, I'm 44 and I've been an entrepreneur for pretty much two decades now and I started in property, like I said, nearly 20 years ago and now I have 340 -ish rental units in my portfolio and we have 1350 tenants in our management company. I'm an author of, I think it's now 18 books, I've just finished 19th and I'm halfway through number 20 and I specialise in business and money and entrepreneurship. I have a podcast called Disruptors which were nearly 1 ,000 episodes now and, yeah, that's been what, nearly 8 years doing that show? So, really, I don't really have much of a life, Judith, outside of business and entrepreneurship. I try and stay healthy. I want to live long but I want to live good long, i .e. there's no point being 95 but be comatose for the last 20 years. So, I do try and stay healthy with ice baths and breathing techniques and lots of walking and exercise and trying to manage stress and I don't really, you know, I was going to say I don't really have any advice as I do but I'm married to her so that's okay but other than that I don't really have any vices so you know, because I remember learning in my early days of business that compounding is the 8th wonder of the world and the longer you're doing something, the longer that, you know, the more likely you are to be very successful at it so, you know, at my age now where I may be halfway through my life, I want to make sure that I'm living long so I can prosper and leverage the law of compounding.
A highlight from REACH RVA Update 1
"Evangelism on Fire Nation, welcome to today's bonus episode. It's time for our Reach RVA E -Team Moment, part one. Welcome to the Evangelism on Fire studios. We have a special guest. His name is Steven Walker. Steven Walker, how are you doing today? Man, I am better than blessed and I'm thankful to be back on Evangelism on Fire and talking to the EOF Nation. What's up? Yes, man. It's so good to have you in the studios today. I want to thank you. You made a two and a half hour drive to be in the studios today just for this occasion. Come on now. I mean, how far will you go for Jesus? You know what I'm saying? Come on, man. I'll go all the way to the other end of the earth. Let's go. That's what I'm talking about. That's what we're talking about. Some special stuff today. We are. Yeah, we are. And I know, I know you have some questions, you know, for me. I do. Yeah. Are you ready? Hey, bring it on, man. All right, here we go. First question is Reach RVA. Man, I just love the way that sounds. Yeah. Okay. It's a new ministry for Evangelism on Fire, right? So what is the mission of Reach RVA? Yeah. You know, you're spot on. It's a new initiative of Evangelism on Fire ministry. And before we go any further, let me introduce to you our Reach RVA eTeam. My name is Mark Thomas and I am part of the Reach RVA eTeam. I'm Jerry Howard with the Reach RVA eTeam. I'm Nick Jenkins with the Reach RVA eTeam. My name is Gino Gonzalez and I'm with Reach RVA eTeam. I'm Phil O 'Brien and I'm part of the Reach RVA eTeam. I'm Stephen Walker, part of the Reach RVA eTeam. What Reach RVA is all about, it's a citywide gospel movement uniting Christian entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and Christian business people in the RVA metro area using their business to accelerate the work of God and to change our city with the gospel message through one -on -one evangelism. Wow, that's great. So you're saying that if I'm a Christian business owner and I'm located in RVA, I can join you with this whole citywide gospel movement? Absolutely. That's powerful. Now that's the mission for Reach RVA. What is the mission of Evangelism on Fire? That's a great question. So Evangelism on Fire, our mission is we're a ministry and we're a podcast that exists to empower and coach you to live the most exciting life God has created you to live by actively sharing your faith in Jesus with others. So with Evangelism on Fire ministry and podcast, that's a global ministry. Okay. So the stats say that 95 % of Christians worldwide will go their entire lifetime without leading someone to Jesus as their savior. They'll go their entire lifetime not sharing the gospel message as a lifestyle. So that's a global ministry. My heart, my calling is to train Christians around the world to learn how to engage in the mission of the great commission. Whereas Reach RVA, that is a movement that's specific to the RVA metro area. RVA meaning Richmond, Virginia. That is specific to the RVA metro area. And there are 650 ,000 people here in the Richmond, Virginia, the RVA metro area who do not know Christ, who are unsaved or unchurched. And the Reach RVA e -team, we are connecting with those business leaders. You know, like I said earlier, entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, business people who are using their business as a platform. They have a white hot faith. Okay. I'm going to talk more about that here in a little bit. They have a white hot faith and they use their business as a platform to get the gospel message out to reach our city for Jesus. So that's the difference. I got you. So it brings it home. This is where the gospel is shared in RVA specifically as a focus and a mission. That's right. Reach RVA. I got you. Okay. So now that we know the difference between evangelism on fire and Reach RVA. Now, the question is, I want us to focus on Reach RVA for a little bit. The citywide gospel movement unification. Yeah. Tell us more about that. All right. So Reach RVA e -team is a citywide gospel movement uniting our city together through the gospel proclamation. Okay. And how do we do that? That was my next question. So how we do that is the Reach RVA e -team, again, is just specifically focused on business, Christian, strong Christian businesses, entrepreneurs, solopreneurs who are using their business to reach our city with the gospel. It's specifically just for the marketplace business people. So that's what Reach RVA is. So that's marketplace ministry you're talking about. Yes. So if they're a Christian business owner or a business owner that wants to reach the city for Christ, and maybe they haven't figured all that out yet. Maybe they just want to be a part of that and figure that out with partnerships. Right. So you're inviting those one to be part of something like that, to also contact you and figure out what is their part and what God's doing to Reach RVA. Absolutely. That's right. Okay. Absolutely. I know, but who are you looking for specifically? That's the question. So you're looking for Christian entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, businessmen, women, and white hot. You said white hot. Explain that to me. White hot faith. What does that mean? All right. So that's a great question. Most people think that the hottest flame that exists is a red flame. Okay. So I hear a lot of times Christians, they say, man, I love Jesus. I'm all in for serving Jesus. I'm on fire. I'm on fire. I have a red hot faith. And I tell them, yeah, that's, that's great. Yes. Right. It's great to have a red hot faith, but did you know that the flame that burns the, with the most temperature is a white flame. The difference between a red flame and a white flame is, listen to this, Stephen Walker, 1000 degrees. Wow. Okay. That's a big difference. Okay. How do you get there? I mean, what does that look like? So a white hot faith is the hottest flame. All right. White, the white flame burns at an incredible 2370 to 2730 degrees. Did you hear that? Oh my God. It's the hottest flame that exists. How did you even know that? You looked it up. I looked it up. I'll study these things. That's right. Yeah. I'll study these things because I used to say I have a red hot faith in Jesus. Right. And then someone told me, they said, you know what? Why don't you have a white hot faith in Jesus? So then the question is how do you increase your, your faith, your desire, your passion, your efforts go from red hot to white hot. Yes. And that's becoming a part of Reach Your RVA, feet on the ground, making it happen. Yes. Gotcha. So I'll give you two examples of Christian business owners. Okay. That have a white hot faith that are using their business unapologetically. They are sharing their, the gospel through the platform of the business that God had blessed them with. So I'll give you one example of a Christian business owner here in RVA. Okay. All right. Richmond, Virginia. His name is Jerry Howard. He has several businesses and he knows that God blessed him with those businesses. So he can take the financial revenue from those businesses and reach as many people here in the city that he lives in Richmond, Virginia, to reach people with a gospel message. And he's unashamed and he uses his financial revenue through those businesses to build God's kingdom here in the city. All right. I'm going to give you a second example. Wait a minute before you do that, because I know Jerry. And one thing that I realized is when I met him, he had what's called red hot faith. It was red hot, you know, for the Lord loves the Lord, reading the word, all of that. But over the period of the next few years, I saw him turn white hot. He started teaching the word of God, committing higher levels of investment into the things of God and into winning souls. And then, and then partnering up with Vangelism on Fire in a big, big way so that you can do even more so that that's what you're talking about. Progressively becoming white hot is in getting more and more active. Exactly. In that way. Exactly. Yeah. I mean, beautifully articulated. Thank you. Yes. So he's one business owner that has a white hot faith and you just gave a great backstory of that progression. The second person that has a white hot faith that is a Christian business owner is you, Stephen Walker. Come on in. What's the name of your business? Manifest Media LLC. Yes. Manifest Media. Okay. And it's spelled M -A -N -N -A, MANNA, and then F -E -S -T. And the reason is because what I believe is that God blesses his people with what they need, just like he did the children in Israel, right? With MANNA. And we celebrate what he gives us. So my company was designed to remind people to celebrate the provision of the Lord. And give him glory for it every day. And you know what, if you want to translate that, that's a white hot faith. Yeah. And you began that business as a business owner to give God the glory. You use your business to reach people for Jesus and to build God's kingdom on this earth. Sure. Absolutely. You know, so when I think of the business owners with white hot faith, I'm thinking of Jerry Howard. I'm thinking of you, Stephen Walker. And here's something interesting. Are you business owners out there? Are you Christian business entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, business people? Listen to this. This is going to really get your attention. Jesus appeared 134 times in the New Testament, right? And out of those 134 times, he appeared in the marketplace 122 times. Wait a minute. Before you give them the answer, let me guess. 122 times. Did I get it right? 122 times. Man, I got a gift. That's awesome.
A highlight from Bitcoin Bull Rally, European CBDC, and Swan Private Macro Friday with John Haar, Sam Callahan, Steven Lubka, and Terrence Yang - October 20th, 2023
"Hello, and welcome to the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast brought to you by Swan Bitcoin, the best way to buy and learn about Bitcoin. I'm your host, Alex Danson, and we're excited to announce that we're bringing the Cafe Bitcoin Conversations Twitter Spaces to you on this show, the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast, Monday through Friday every week. Join us as we speak to guests like Michael Saylor, Len Alden, Corey Clifston, Greg Foss, Tomer Strohleit, and many others in the Bitcoin space. Also, be sure to hit that subscribe button. Make sure you get notifications when we launch a new episode. You can join us live on Twitter Spaces Monday through Friday, starting at 7 a .m. Pacific and 10 a .m. Eastern every morning to become part of the conversation yourself. Thanks again. We look forward to bringing you the best Bitcoin content daily here on the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast. What's up, everyone? Hope you're having a great Friday so far. Welcome to Cafe Bitcoin. Great to see some of the speakers in the room here. I think we got a good one for you. Plenty going on in the world of Bitcoin news, in the world of markets news. The digital euro is on the move, and who's excited about that? Oh, God, please don't. Please don't play that recording. That fucking lizard woman, oh, my God. I was going to say, Q and Alex comment about lizards. I'm glad, Peter, you were here to make that. Hey, look, might as well rip the Band -Aid off. Let's go. Let's see this experiment at work. I mean, we do want to chat about that because that was making waves on Bitcoin Twitter yesterday. Walker of The Crypto Couple made a great compilation video of other things that IMF and World Bank people have said about central bank digital currencies and the things that it will allow them to do, the power that it will give them. I think we want to play that too. We'll probably chat about the DCG, Genesis, Gemini lawsuit a little bit more just to wrap that up. I know that was talked about yesterday, but that's obviously a big topic. We'll talk about what might be moving Bitcoin's price and we'll talk about some of the macro trends that are going on and we'll talk about any other interesting topics that come up. Peter? First of all, I see Greg Foss in the audience. I haven't seen Mr. Foss in a long time. But no, what I wanted to say was I want to ask a question of the panel. Do you guys think that Kramer is a better signal for Bitcoin or Bitcoin Tina? Sounds like there's a little back story here that I may have missed. Did something happen very recently with either one of them? Well, Kramer said Mr. Bitcoin is going down or whatever he said about two weeks ago and the inverse Kramer memes started going crazy on Bitcoin Twitter. And I've noticed that I haven't seen Bitcoin Tina this active on BT in a long time. So I'm wondering if that is signal. It's not. Yeah, I wasn't sure. I have not seen much from Mr. Bitcoin Tina. So I wasn't sure if something had happened there. But he was the guy who, his name is Bitcoin Tina, but then he was like talking about why you should be buying treasuries. That's kind of what I know him for. Is there something else I should know him for, Peter? No, I mean, you know, Tina, unfortunately, I mean, I'm not going to besmirch the man. You know, everybody has their own individual situation and issues. And unfortunately, you know, he's been, he bought, I don't know when he first bought a while ago, longer than I've been in this space, but he was in a position where he was forced to sell and it was close to the FTX bottom, if we're going to call that a macro bottom. And, you know, he's been, I don't know if he's been waiting to get back in or what his personal situation is, but I know he was a little castigated by Bitcoin Twitter. And then, you know, he's been, I don't know, he's just been more active on BT just recently since this kind of little price action has gone on that I've seen him in a long time. And much like Kramer is the inverse signal for when to buy or sell Bitcoin, I'm wondering now if Tina isn't coming into that on their own. I mean, you love a good capitulation story, right? We always love the capitulation stories. And especially when they happen at the bottom, like, you know, those are always going to be extra special capitulation events. And then if your actual name is, there is no alternative in reference to Bitcoin, but if you're trading it out at the bottom for an alternative that has been kind of derided itself around these parts, then yeah, I mean, it's an extra special bear market capitulation starring Bitcoin Tina. Yeah, guys, that's not really what happened with Tina. I mean, let's just be fair to him, okay? That's not what happened. Oh, well, that's the way that I remember it. Like when I was in the spaces, I don't know the guy. Probably some stuff I don't know, but that was the way that I remembered it. That's the way that I recalled it. He's not trading it. The guy had the entirety of his net worth as a retired person and no income streams in Bitcoin, right? Now we can argue whether that's smart or wrong, but it's the reality. He's wicked up here. He's been open. Yeah, well, wicked works, is a job, is an income stream. So I'd like to know somebody else who has the entirety of their net worth and doesn't have a job, myself included. I have a huge Bitcoin position, right? But I have income. So it's a little bit different. Joe, I have no income right now. Matter of fact, anytime I've tried to get income this year, I have gotten wrecked. So I'm 95 % Bitcoin right now. Everybody has different financial circumstances, right? And Tina, in particular, had all of his money in Bitcoin. And he talked about how his average price, he said this publicly, is like in the sevens. And he sat through the entire bear market in 2018 where he saw his entire net worth that he accumulated over his lifetime get cut in half. And he openly says in many times that he was suffering with severe issues, a mental issue. I'm not going to get into it because he's not here and he can't speak for himself. But I'll tell you, it was very hard on him and his family. And he said he couldn't sit through that again. So he scaled down his position to a level which he's comfortable with. And he said this yesterday that he sleeps better at night. He did the responsible prudent thing, and nobody should mock him or ridicule him for that. Anybody who's overleveraged. And by the way, I know personally Bitcoin, OK? Literally. And that's not a joke. I have folks that have put too much money in Bitcoin and were suicidal because of it. So it's not something we should ridicule at all. I'm sorry to be scorning the room or anything, but he's sold down to a level. He still has a huge Bitcoin position. He's still bullish on Bitcoin, as he said yesterday to David Bailey. So it's, you know, let's just let the man do what he needs to do.
A highlight from Short Stuff: Candy Corn
"Get ready to dive into the future with Technically Speaking, an Intel podcast, the groundbreaking podcast from iHeartMedia's Ruby Studios in partnership with Intel. Each episode unveils the incredible ways AI technology is transforming our world for the better. Join host Graham Klass as he speaks with the experts behind the technological advancements that are powering a brighter and more accessible future for everyone. Listen to Technically Speaking, an Intel podcast, on the iHeartRadio app, Apple Podcasts, or Hey, and welcome to The Short Stuff. I'm Josh and there's Chuck and Jerry's here too, and Dave's here in spirit, which is appropriate because this is a kind of a Halloween themed episode of Short Stuff, is it not, Chuck? It's spoopy. Spoopy? Spoopy. Is that what you said for real? Yeah. Are you going to do this bit every year? I don't remember you saying it, so yes, as long as I forget the next day, yes, every year I'm going to do this. Spoopy. S -P -O -O -P -Y is a lighthearted spooky. Okay. Is that your own trademark slogan? No. Look it up. Okay. I will look it up. Actually, I'll forget all about it and won't look it up, and then next year I'll agree to look it up again. No. We should all pause, let you look it up. Okay. Since this is Short Stuff, we'll just let the tape roll. All right. Oh, look. There it is. Yep. You're right. Spoopy. No. I didn't make it up. It's a thing. Okay. You know what else is a thing, Chuck? Candy corn? Candy corn. That's right. It is a thing. It's one of the most divisive candies. It's probably the most divisive holiday candy of all time. Where do you land? Oh, I don't like it at all. Okay. Do you like it? I mean, there's a bit of a nostalgia play. I definitely can't say that I think it's like, oh, boy, this tastes great. I can't wait to eat it, but if someone throws a candy corn in my mouth and I happen to be chewing, I'll be like, oh, that old memory, but I don't go, puh, puh. I got you. We need to get one of those house divided license plates. Right. Sure. So candy corn is actually super old. We know it's at least coming up on 150 years old. They think it came out in the 1880s and by the way, thanks big time to a history .com better homes and gardens, always a treat .com, mbhenry .com and candystore .com a lot of dot coms in there. But one of the things about candy corn is its origins are murky. So people just generally say, yeah, this guy's the inventor. Yeah, exactly. I mean, are we going to that guy? No, let's talk about where it came from originally, we think. Yeah, because previous to the actual corn, they were making these kinds of candies and that's not to say the ones that were shaped that way and colored that way, but we're talking about mellow cream. You know those candy pumpkins? Yeah. That's mellow cream, right? Exactly. That to me is quintessential mellow cream, even more than candy corn. Yeah. And apparently they used to make all sorts of phony vegetables made out of that junk because Americans were still farming and they could, you know, if you had a little seven year old, you could be like, you got to work in the field all day. When you come home, you're going to get this mellow cream asparagus tip. Or mellow cream bok choy. Yeah. Oh boy. You would think these little kids who were being forced into child labor, the last thing they would want to see in their candy were agricultural products, but apparently that's all they had to choose from. The other thing to know about this, this context that candy corn emerged from is that these candies were available year round and the thing that made candy corn stand out among its peers is that it had three colors, technically two colors and the presence of all color. I like that. I like the way you put it. So let's talk about the guy who actually is credited with inventing this. Probably is, who cares at this point, he's been credited for so long it doesn't really matter. Yeah. And he's from Philadelphia and they like to take credit for everything. So we're talking about George Rininger is how I would pronounce it. Me too. Or Rininger maybe. And he worked at the Wonderly Candy Company in Philly, the brotherly love city. Yeah. And the reason why he's credited is that he was an employee there and they are known to be the first company to start producing these. And I guess he was a candy designer there. So Wonderly Candy Company was the first to put these out. They were out for a little while and you could, like I said, they were available year round, all of these things were, and they weren't associated with Halloween. You could find them at just about any celebration where they had candy treats. But the thing to know about them is they were, so you know like candy cigarettes or little candy people that you eat or candy things that look like other stuff. That's what candy corn was originally meant to be. And of course candy corn, it's in the name. But we think of it today as like little kernels of corn that you would like eat. It was originally marketed as candy corn in the sense that corn was chicken feed. So this was basically candy chicken feed is how candy corn started out. Because apparently, and this is something that I didn't know, this to me is the fact of the show, is that including a little bit after World War I, but previous to that and a few years after, apparently corn was kind of like a, it's not a vegetable, it's a starch, right? Yes. It was a garbage starch, like people, it wasn't on the plates of most Americans and you had to have been really hard up for food apparently to eat corn as a human. It was just for chickens. Exactly. So this is what kids were eating. They would go to the store and get a box of chicken feed from the GoLitz Candy Company. So this is the company that really exposed candy corn to the world. Which is, I love corn. Do you like corn? Yeah. I like corn on the cob. For some reason, once you take it off the cob, I think it's disgusting. Oh, even in like a dish like elote or like a salad or something? It depends. It really depends on the dish. But like if it's canned, I mean, oh God, I can barely like talk about it. You know the old story of when I was missing that front tooth and I would eat corn and there would be little rows of uneaten corn every like two inches. That was a Mad Magazine cover too. I think it was. So candy corn's out there. The genie's out of the bottle, as they say. Kids are eating this candy chicken feed. But then by like the mid -20th century, people ate corn normally. And by the mid -20th century, Halloween was very much associated with candy. I think around this time is when candy corn really became linked to Halloween. Like it would be weird to see candy corn at Easter. But that's how it used to be, friends. Yeah. But now it's linked, starting in the mid -20th century, like you said, to Halloween. And we will take a break. Yeah? Yeah. And we'll talk about how you make this stuff right after this. Hi, everyone. Thanks for tuning in. We'll see you next time. I'm Lauren Breit Pacheco, host of Symptomatic, a medical mystery podcast, a production of Ruby Studio from iHeartMedia. Every other week, we get to know the everyday people living with a mysterious illness and hear their firsthand stories of struggle and perseverance on their quest for answers. During the day, I'd feel like I'm just getting sick. I'd sort of have that flu -ish feeling, and then the next morning, I'd be fine. Then he started getting nodules on his body. He had been to so many different doctors, and I just felt like they were just throwing a dart at what this could be and trying different medications. You couldn't imagine that anyone could be alive and have a mutation in that gene. Listen to Symptomatic, a medical mystery podcast, on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts. All right, you went to that website, alwaysatreat .com, and they had a pretty good story there about how they used to manufacture this. It's not a whole lot different than they do it today. Obviously, it's automated today, but back then, you would get a bunch of dudes, and they would get sugar and corn syrup and some other magical ingredients, and they would cook it in these big kettles and boil it all up. They would add a little marshmallow, maybe a little fondant to smooth it out a little and bit, 45 pounds at a time, they would make this warm slurry, and they would pour it into buckets called runners, and then these guys called stringers would walk backwards down a line and pour this candy into these little molds, these little trays in that classic iconic kernel shape. Yeah, and the trays were made of corn starch, and it would take three passes. And for some reason, I don't understand why the stringers, the guys pouring the candy corn slurry into the molds, would walk backwards. Do you? No, I don't. I was trying to think it might be easier to pour. I mean, it probably had something to do with the setup. I mean, I could understand if you're left -handed, you're walking backwards, or if you're right -handed. Yeah, I think right -handed, you'd be walking backwards if the thing was on your left. There's no explanation I can find for why they would walk backwards. Well, they are from Philly, so maybe they were just like, we're candy corn stringers, we walk backwards. Yeah, probably. You never know. That answer's as good as any. But the whole thing is that it would take three passes, because they would put the white in, then the yellow, and then the orange. And that's how it was originally made. And basically, nothing has changed except, like you said, it's become automated. They use essentially the same ingredients, which, are you ready for this? It's like you said, made with sugar. It's made with fondant, which is sugar, water, and corn syrup. It's made with corn syrup, which is a whole bunch of different sugars, mostly glucose, vanilla flavoring, and marshmallow cream, which is made from corn syrup, sugar, water, and eggs. There's a lot of sugar in these things, and they melt them into a slurry, all those ingredients, and they pour them into cornstarch molds, just like they did a hundred something years ago. Boom, boom, boom. They just layer up the colors just like that, more than, and this is according to the National Confectioners Association, the NCA says, 35 million pounds of this stuff, which amounts to 9 billion pieces of candy corn, are produced annually in modern times. Yes. And even in keeping in tradition, they make the machines work backward for some reason when they're pouring the slurry. That's right. And are we done? Of course not, because somehow you found actual survey statistics on how popular this stuff was. Yeah, because there's a thing. It's been around for almost 150 years for a reason, and the reason is there are some people out there who actually like candy corn. Yeah. I know, it's weird. It's a weird thing to say, but it's true. So much so that the National Retail Federation, a font of statistics that have to do with shopping, purchasing, and consumerism in general, said that in 2019, 95 % of people who shopped for Halloween stuff bought candy corn. 95%. I'm not one of them. I wasn't either. We're in that weird 5%, but I can't believe it. The thing is, is I don't think all those people are eating candy corn necessarily. No, and it turns out if you go on to crafty websites, there are all kinds of fun little crafts you can do with candy corn, because it is a, you know, the color itself lends itself to sort of fall feelings and fall crafts, so you can do all kinds of stuff. Basically, you can hot glue it on whatever you want to. Basically, yeah. I saw a cute one. I can't remember where, but if you spike a pumpkin, you can make a little candy corn pumpkin hedgehog. Oh, that's cute. That's adorable. Okay, so I found some more stats too, Chuck. All right, let's hear it. Like, oh, I don't know. Where is it popular? Yeah, candystore .com looked over 16 years of their shipping data. That's amazing. To identify the top three favorite candies for each state, and candy corn was in the top three. It was not the first for any state, but it was in the top three for a bunch of different states from South Carolina to Maine to North Dakota to Michigan to New York, and then nationwide it was number eight. That's amazing. And we should thank Leslie, the temp at candiestore .com that month, who they tasked with doing this. You're right, for sure. Poor Leslie. Yeah, poor Leslie. That's all right. It probably wasn't a bad job. All right. They also did a poll, and I think Leslie was in charge of this too, because did they poll 3 ,000 people? Oh, no. Did they poll 3 ,500? Nope. I guess they polled everyone that they had their email contact for, which was, like you said, 3 ,247. And they said that, do you like it? Do you hate it? Why? And nostalgia, which is what I mentioned, that was one of the big reasons why people get this stuff. It's something they had when they were a kid that they might have liked the taste of when they were a kid. And then as adults, they'll say, well, you know, I got to be in that false spirit, and let's grab a bag. And then sweetness was another one for people who like candy corn. And then conversely, sweetness was a big reason people don't like candy corn. One of the respondents said it was like biting into a sugar cube, and that's pretty close to accurate. There's also the waxy texture that puts some people off, including me. I actually don't mind that part. I tell you what, though, I haven't had one in years, but it's an unforgettable flavor. Yeah, I have had it. I can bring that flavor to mind too. I just don't want it again, essentially. Yeah, I'm with you. And overall, though, out of that 3 ,247 Americans they polled, 56 percent were fans and 44 percent were not. So there are more people, at least according to that poll, who like candy corn than don't. That's right. And if you thought it couldn't get any better, everybody, Leslie drilled down even further and found out how people eat them. 51 percent just pop it in their mouth and crunch it like it's a piece of popcorn. Normal. 16 percent start with the widest bit, which is the yellow bit. And then 33 percent conversely flip it over and start at that little smaller white end, which is amazing to me that someone actually takes that tiny of a bite of something that small. Yeah. Some people like that tiny little white part. As if it tastes any different. It definitely does not. It shouldn't. No. If it does, you might want to take it back to the store because there's something wrong with your candy corn. Yeah, this white part tastes good. You got anything else? I got nothing else. Well, we're getting close to Halloween, everybody, which means Short Stuff is out.
A highlight from 120: Part 2: Tim Cardwell is a Top Cop for Drug Interdiction but Nearly Loses His Life
"Let's kind of pull on that dope thread a little bit, because you get onto the, you survive the academy, obviously. So you graduate, you get out, you start working. As you're working, we want to talk about now what leads you into doing drug interdiction. So obviously, when you start off, you're with a field training officer, you go through your training phase, then you get out on your own. What kind of things were you doing initially when you were out on your own? How does North Carolina do it? I mean, you train for a while, then you're out. And standard -like what? Traffic enforcement, work accidents? Yes. Pretty much, is that what you were doing? Change tires, go get gasoline. I warned you, Murph. Don't go there. One of these days, we're going to be driving, there's going to be Murph on the side of the road. You go, hey, can you help me? I go, no. Hey, Steve and I have had many of these constant back and forths on this exact thing. But yeah, so when I graduated the academy, it was 20 weeks, reported to my first duty station and did have a field training officer actually. What was that at? It was in Asheboro, North Carolina, Randolph County, which is on the south side of Greensboro. It was about an hour and 15 minutes from where I grew up, but it was still within the same troop, which was most state agencies have that similar structure where you have a troop and then you have districts within that troop. So that was my first duty station and I had a primary and a secondary training officer and went through, I'm thinking it was at the time, maybe six or eight weeks field training. And my primary field training officer, his name was Wayne Brumley, just a jewel of a man, wonderful training guy. And my secondary, his name was Tony Miller, who later he rose to the rank of major within the organization. He was a young guy who was been on about five or six years when I came on. So I had a good mixture of, you know, youthfulness as well as very veteran experience. And the shift I was on, it was similar type makeup. And so going into the field training officer, you know, having some of that law enforcement background, I had become pretty good at catching impaired drivers at the police department. And so it was a natural... Wait a minute, all the impaired drivers were at the police department? When I worked at the police department, I should say, I apologize. But it was just something I thought, you know, this is where I want to go. And so, and my training officer, he was one of the leading impaired driver troopers in the district and he really focused and was successful with that. He taught me a lot, but, you know, in the beginning, doing the traditional trooper type efforts, that's what my goal was. I really enjoyed it. It's what I wanted to do. And, you know, there's some funny stories in there, but one in particular that my training officer shared at my retirement luncheon and he would share with you today was, this was just kind of an internal trooper agency thing. I don't know if you did this, Morgan, or not, but when you would encounter in the old days, somebody whose license were suspended roadside or whatever, you would take their license there on the spot and you would put it over your driver's side window along the headliner there. Just slide it in there or you'd keep it over your sun visor. And my training officer had tons of those and it was just always something I remember Roger Smith having. So it was one of those little symbolic visuals that I thought, I want that. So I kind of set out on a mission, you know, to see how many licenses I could collect roadside in. So I made a comment to my training officer at the time and he said, you know, there are more trouble than they're worth. You have to keep up with them. And I said, well, that's what I want to do. So he handed me a handful before I got out of training and said, here you go, maybe this will help you feel like a real trooper. And so it was just one of those little symbolic things that I connected with. But in that, you know, his nickname was Brutal Brumley. He was a former military guy, about six foot, six one, thin guy, was very physically fit, marathon runner, still runs today and he's mid to late seventies. developed But he that nickname because of, you know, some roadside encounters, obviously through the courts. And I saw it in action during training. We stopped a gentleman for speeding one day late evening and the gentleman didn't initially want to cooperate. And this was when he had turned it over to me and he was just watching from a distance and, you know, trying to find my way through. This guy wasn't the most cooperative after a couple of requests. So next thing I know, my training officer commences to removing the gentleman from the car and not in how the gentleman wanted to cooperate. And this guy was twice our size. And so I saw firsthand in action, you know, how he earned his nickname. But he was very fair. And anyway, when we got the gentleman under control and took him to jail, he had a long conversation with me about taking control. He said, you cannot let anybody else get the upper hand on you out here. It's because of survivability. So it was a valuable lesson taught at the time. But, you know, I've seen him encounter so many situations where he showed a lot of compassion through accident investigations, as well as roadside stops for different violations. And so he was well -rounded and gave me a good lesson. And but at the time, interdiction was not even in the culture of the Highway Patrol, wasn't even thought about. It was just traditional trooper work. And the county that I went to had eight miles of interstate. But where we worked was non -interstate. And so that leads me into once he cut me loose, passed all my training, I started doing traditional trooper work. And at the time when I joined the patrol, I kind of have to go back here. There we patrol the troopers that have, you know, gotten killed in action. They kind of came in clusters, two and three at a time. And just before I joined patrol, we'd had three members that were killed roadside. And two of those were on interstate highway. And where I grew up, we didn't have interstate highway. So I didn't have any familiarity to it. And so I was like, you know, I don't want nothing to do with that. I just want to be a traditional trooper. But I was very proactive. I was finding a lot of stuff, roadside. And, you know, when I would make an arrest for driving one paired, I took the time to go up and search the car. And if I found anything else, I was making charges. And so I kind of developed the desire to do that. And then in our patrol office one day, my secondary training officer, the gentleman I mentioned to you earlier who had been on last time, he had attended our first interdiction training course, which was taught internally. And I remember him talking about it. And for some reason, it just connected, you know, I connected with it, the stories he was telling, the lessons that they were talking about. And when our agency started the interdiction effort, it was in partnership with DEA. And they had started the experiment on Interstate 95 down in Fayetteville. And the troopers that were working it down there had had a lot of success. They were kind of the first generation interdiction troopers. This is, you know, the mid and late 80s. And so a couple of gentlemen by the name of Chris Dew, who had a first K -9, and Terry Isaacs, who was really the one who was making a lot of seizures at the time, they taught that course. So anyway, he comes back to our district and is talking some about it, and it just captured me. And he had a bulletin that they had given him in that school, and it was an epic bulletin. It was a teletype that would list, you know, seizures from throughout the country of seizures that made the threshold. And so I started reading it. And for whatever reason, it just connected with me. And that's how I began, you know, pursuing the interdiction efforts. Oh, I remember reading those teletypes, too. You know, those were very interesting. You get the law enforcement officers killed summary and then the teletypes. But you mentioned something, too, I want to ask you about. You said that they traditionally didn't work interstate. You know, is that just because of like you're talking about the danger or was it because C is kind of the opposite, a lot of troops where I was at. We had a lot of Tulane, in fact, all of my stuff was Tulane, and you would have killed to be up on the interstate where you thought all the action was. Why did they keep you away from the interstate or why did you stay away from the interstate just because of part of the danger factor or something else? Well, I think it was a combination of reasons. Again, going back to where I said I grew up, non -interstate, a lot of secondary roads. That's just what I was familiar with. And, you know, those folks that had been like Roger Smith and a couple of his workmates, that's where they worked and built their reputation. And so, you know, trying to follow that lead, I think that's why I did that. And my training officer, he worked some interstate, but he wasn't in the interdiction area. He was just, you know, regular trooper enforcement. But that's the way he operated was secondary roads. You know, in that day, you were heavy on looking for impaired drivers. Then, you know, looking for the under the influence drivers, especially on Friday and Saturday nights on evening shift, it was a lot of priority placed on that. And so just trying to fall in line and follow their lead, I think is why I did that. And, you know, but what I quickly learned was what the interstate did bring you was if you were low for the week as far as, you know, number of citations or activity that you had to turn in at the end of the week for the supervisor to see, you know, you could go out there and with high volume traffic, you could quickly pick up on some of your total numbers for the week. And wait a minute, did the North Carolina Highway Patrol have a quota? No, we did not have a quota, but I will say the supervisors did monitor your number of contacts per hour of preventive patrol. That's how it was worded. And you had better be in that district average of what everybody else had. So, you know. I had somebody asked me that one time, do you guys have a quota? Said, no, sir, I can ride as many as I want. How many would you like today? Good response. Yeah, so that, you know, that was kind of my introduction. And then, you know, with my training officer, my secondary training officer introduced me to that. It just kind of took. And so I started going out there and trying it and having little success. Really didn't know what I was doing, but it was just a process of learning from there. And, you know, I was a very proactive trooper. I, you know, did a lot of high production. Got unmarked a car at a young age, young in my career. And anyway, the next time the next class came open internally, my then district first sergeant asked me if I would be interested in going. I said, yeah. And I remember sitting through that class with those troopers teaching it, and it just captivated me. That's, I mean, that's the simplest way. You know, they were given some of their case studies talking about, you know, what their findings were and some of the follow -up results. I thought, that's what I really want to try. And so I came back and started trying to apply. So you started doing this. So what was your first, what was your first big seizure? What's the one that cracked the, because, you know, you have to go, we started it. I was part of a four -person team, four -man team at that time. We started our interdiction unit. And so when you start off, you don't really like say, know what you're doing. You get a few things here and there. We were working 54, which if you remember, the Pipeline Operation report out of Epic, Highway 54 that came up out of Texas and Oklahoma and through Kansas, that was a major pipeline. They were making lots of arrests. So we started working that area. You know, we were stopping everything in sight, you know, trying to look for stuff. But you always kind of start off small. What was that watershed event for you? What was that thing that kind of cracked it open that once you get that first one, it's like, I got this figured out. Well, so this was in 1988. Again, it wasn't the culture of the Highway Patrol. It was just kind of getting started. And so there really wasn't a lot of information to pull from or, you know, a lot of guys saying, hey, let's go out and work this road and look for this. It was just kind of, you know, an individual effort, so to speak. And at that same time, one of the troopers I mentioned early on Interstate 95, Chris Dew, he had had our first canine on the patrol, but it was just a narcotic dog. It was a Beagle. And, you know, some about that during the training, listening to him talk about, you know, the role the canine played that interested me. So when I came back to the district, not long after that, requests came through patrol headquarters or troop headquarters, any troopers interested in having a canine, you know, submit your interest. So I thought about it and I did. And the district commander at that time or the troop commander at that time, who was very much old school, was not on board with this, he was passing it along from patrol headquarters. When I submitted my name, he sent a message back that said, if you want a canine, I think I can find somewhere else in a different place to get you a canine assigned to you, meaning, you know, I'm going to transfer if you really want this canine. And again, you got to understand the internal culture of the organization. So I said, no, sir, no, sir, I'm not interested in one. So anyway, there was another supervisor who had been involved in the early stages of it. He said, I thought you expressed interest in this. I said, I did. But here's what, you know, what I was told. And he said, I'll take care of that. And I was like, oh, no, please don't get me in trouble here. You thinking Lumberton? Here I come. You know what, Trooper Cardwell just told me there for sergeant. And so anyway, you know, next thing you know, I got word that, hey, if you want a dog, we'll assign you one. We're going to send one to the central part of the state and one east part of the state. And you report to this canine school, which was actually in Greensboro at the time. And so we did. And anyway, the school was about 10 days, 11 days. You know, again, patrol hadn't had a program at that time. They were just starting to get into it. And so getting the dog really helped as far as going out roadside, learning what I was doing. And so I had made some phone calls to troopers that I had learned about on this epic Operation Pipeline Bulletin. There was a couple of guys that I kept consistently reading their names. Do you remember a guy named Jeff Faison out of Florida? Yeah, I remember his name. He was kind of the first generation that came along at the time. These other troopers I mentioned that taught us. And then there was some in the area, neighboring states, Mike Ralston and Georgia State Patrol, Benji Hodges, Georgia. And there were some others throughout the country. But I can't remember what it was that caused me to reach out to Mike one day, because I had expressed interest in getting more training. But again, it wasn't the culture. So somehow I made contact with Mike. He worked north of Atlanta on Interstate 75. And where I worked was Interstate 85 and Interstate 40. And I just cold -called him and introduced myself. And anyway, I told him what I was seeking. He said, sure, you're welcome to come down and ride with me if you'd like. I had to take vacation time because I couldn't get approval to go on patrol time. So I went down there and rode with him, spent my own money. And he took care of me really good. He showed me a lot. And then I come back. And we had had another gentleman by the name of Ed Lowry, who had worked on Interstate 95 in Fayetteville in our agency. I had gotten approval to go ride with him. But I had to take vacation time, too. So I went and rode with him. And this was the watershed moment that you're speaking of. While riding with him on 95, he was kind of the hottest guy at that time consistently making cases. And this was when everything was flowing out of South Florida, back when Steve was, you know, he was familiar with all the importation through South Florida. Well, everything those guys were getting was Miami -connected in some way, shape, form, or fashion. And I remember getting in a car with Ed. And he had just come off some days off. And says, he Bo, I don't know if we're going to have any luck. And that's what he called everybody was Bo. I don't know why. That was just the habit of his. But he said, but we're going to go out and try. I'm going to see if I can get you something. Well, the second car that he stopped, it was like that epic bulletin teletype operation pipeline played out before my eyes. The second stop, he gets a four -door, I believe it was a Buick old four -door sedan coming out of Miami, registered out of New Jersey, male -female occupant, and found a compartment built between a rear seat and trunk. And it had like five kilos of Coke. I thought I was just, I was seeing it play out before my eyes. And that just, that was my watershed moment. I was like, this is what I want to do. I had been trying it up to that point with minimal success, but between him and Mike, it really opened my eyes to other things that I really had not been paying attention to, human behavior, the importance of the interview. And anyway, so when I left from there, I was really energetic. And so I come back and started applying it. And having learned to operate my canine, I started looking at things differently as far as my approach and how to talk with people and what to look for roadside interview -wise. And so that first big seizure was a U -Haul that had come out of South Texas, which obviously still is today, but then the major source for our area, it was a U -Haul and it had about 850 pounds of marijuana in it. And once I got that, I was hooked. I mean, I was hooked a hundred percent. Well, let's go back to that seizure of Coke. When you opened it, did you know, I mean, when you saw the bricks, obviously, did you know what it was at that time or did you kind of have to go, okay, wait, you know, I'm just kind of like, whoa, what is this? Oh no, I know what that is. Kind of, yeah. I had never seen a kilo in person. And obviously it had, but I had not. I'd seen many pictures. And so I'm like, well, that's what it really looks like, I guess. So yeah, it was a really good learning experience. Now, so the 850 pounds of weed, that wasn't the case that you and I worked on, was it? No, this was a brother and sister that had come out of San Antonio and they were delivering somewhere in, I think around Richmond, Virginia area. But it's an interesting story on that. We had not had that kind of seizures go through our court system. And when it went for first appearance the next morning, the judge who was listening to the probable cause hearing, he said, he pulled me to the side before the hearing. He said, now, from what I'm told, you can't do this. And I said, well, what do you mean? And he said, you can't just go in and start searching somebody's belongings. And I said, well, I didn't, sir. I said, they gave me permission. And he was like, what? And I said, yes, sir. He said, they gave you permission to search their truck, knowing that they were carrying this? I said, yeah. And he's like, oh, okay. So it was a learning experience for a lot of us through the court process and myself. I love the way the judge was having a preliminary hearing out in the hallway before anybody was even sworn in. Well, again, it's a small community. And anyway, everybody knew everybody. And I'd built a good rapport with this judge. And I just remember that conversation. And once I said that, he said, wow, can't believe somebody would do that. I said, well, he said, where'd you learn to do this? And I told him. And he said, so they tell you to ask people to search the vehicle if you think you're suspicious to want to look for something else? I said, yes, sir. And he said, and they actually do? I said, yes, sir, they do. It's unbelievable. It is. It goes back to your point you were making. If you understand human behavior, if you understand how to talk to them and set the right circumstances, I mean, even to this day, Murph and I were talking about it on our Patreon channel, but at the time, it was the largest seizure of cash in Kansas. But it was only a quarter of a million. I mean, they've gotten much bigger stuff now. And people are going, I mean, they let you search the car. The guy I remember to this day, his name is Brian Lacy. I looked at him. I said, now, do you have anything that would be illegal in the state of Kansas? Guns, drugs, large amounts of cash. He says, no. I said, would you? And one question, one thing I learned to ask was not can I search? Because people always want to say no. I said, would you have any objection if I search for these items? And they would say, no. Well, no meant yes. And he even offered to show me, hey, I got a briefcase here. I opened up the trunk. There's the cash. And in his briefcase, plans for a methamphetamine laboratory. He had a marijuana press. It's like, you dumb son of a bitch. All you had to say was no. And we didn't have a canine at that point. There's not much I could have done. Yeah. It's amazing. I was just thinking, Tim, remember Dave Wilhelm with customs? Yes. Down in Charlotte. And he was murdered in Atlanta. So God rest him. But he called me one day, and I can't remember if it was Asper. I think it might have been Randleman. And he called and he says, hey, Murphy. He said, I got a tip. This trailer out in the country, some Mexicans are in there. Supposed to be sitting on a big stash of weed. He said, I need somebody to speak Spanish. So I met him down there. We took some people with us and walked up to this trailer. I remember that it was a huge lot with these big, tall pine trees. But there were no limbs from like 10 feet, 12 feet high before the limb started. So you had this wide open, we think of as a killing field that you have to go through to get to that front door. But we have no reason to be pulling our weapons out. To go up, like we're going to do a tactical entry. We knock on the door and I get up there and do use my Spanish. And they're like, yeah, come on in. We go inside. I forget how many is 1 ,200 pounds of weed or whatever they'd been using saws to cut it up. But there was an AR -15 sitting behind the front door. I mean, they pulled out and wiped us all out. But it's just amazing. They're sitting on the dope and they're like, sure, come on in. You know, and Tim, I don't know if you remember seeing this video if it was a Texas DPS trooper, but he's on the side of the road and he's talking to this guy in that Texas draw going, now son, you got anything that's illegal? You got, well, and so he's talking and you can see it's the old dash cam. This kid's getting nervous. Now, do you have anything in the car that's illegal? No, he's like, would you mind if I checked your car? And this kid just vapor locks and passes out into the ditch. He goes, well, I'll take that as an admission of guilt.
A highlight from NFC Upset Day, Awful QBs, the Sleeper Lions, Guess the Lines, and NBA Award Stuff With Cousin Sal and Joe House
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A highlight from UNCHAINED: SBFs Lawyers Could Be Annoying the Judge | How Might That Impact the Trial?
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Buy, trade and spend crypto on the Crypto .com app. New users can enjoy zero credit card fees on crypto purchases in the first seven days. Download the Crypto .com app and get $25 with the code LAURA. Link in the description. Today's topic is the ongoing criminal trial of Sam Bankman -Fried. Here to discuss are Sam Ensor, partner at Cahill Gordon and Rindell, and Brian Klein, partner at Waymaker. Welcome, Sam and Brian. Thanks for having us on, Laura. Thank you, Laura, for inviting us on. So you were both recent guests, so I'm not going to go into your backgrounds first. But to help people differentiate your voices, Sam, why don't you start by telling us what your top takeaway is so far from the trial? I think the top takeaway is you see the government honing in on their theory. A big part of their theory of the alleged fraud is this notion that FTX told customers, hey, deposit your money, it's safe, without disclosing that they were going to let an affiliate Alameda Research use the funds to trade and have special privileges that other customers of FTX did not have. That, I think, is one interesting thing. And then we've seen from the defense side, some of their defense themes come out, like that Sam Bankman -Fried thought it was legitimate for Alameda to have these privileges, that he didn't think there was anything wrong with that because there was enough collateral for the money Alameda was borrowing, and some of the defense themes in terms of normalizing the conduct. So things like they were building the plane while they were flying it to help the jury sort of understand that things were chaotic, and they shouldn't necessarily infer criminal intent from things that may have just been sloppy, negligent, overlooked. And Brian, what would you say your top takeaway is so far? I think the government's diving into this case and going to the deep end very quickly. I mean, they're calling key witnesses right off the bat. Gary Wang's up now, and then they're going to call Carolyn Ellison. These are the people everyone's been waiting to hear from, and they're coming up right away. And so one of my questions is, how is this case going to go five to six weeks? I don't know what's going to have it take that long if they're going through key witnesses off the bat. Now, we can all anticipate other types of witnesses they'll call, things they'll do, but they're really going right at it right away. All right. So let's dive in with the very beginning of the trial, which was this new term I learned at some point in the last couple of weeks, voir dire. Did I say that right? Correct. Sam, I love this term. I've always said this multiple times. It's jury D selection. And what we ended up with is a jury that consisted of people with these professional backgrounds. There was a physician's assistant, a social worker, a Metro -North trained conductor, a librarian, a United States Postal Service vehicle maintenance worker, a special ed teacher, a nurse, a Ukrainian advertising person. And then there was a retired I banker. And yeah, it was about three quarters women and I think a fourth men. And so I wondered how you thought these people, you know, the fact that, for instance, nearly none of them have financial backgrounds would affect how the trial unfolds. I think what's interesting about jury selection, it's not surprising there's a postal worker there because almost every case I had, there was a postal worker. So a lot of government employees get called all the time. They get full pay weather and jury duty. So it's easier for them to serve, which is quite an interesting thing. That sounds like a Manhattan jury to me. I mean, you've got a lot of well -educated people. You've got people from professional backgrounds, some of them. And you've got a pretty diverse array of people who would live in the Southern District of New York, which stretches from, you know, Staten Island, Manhattan, the Bronx and up. And so I think this jury, you know, reflects a cross section of that district. You know, you can read into, well, you got three quarters women, one quarter men, and there's only one or two hard finance people there. I don't think that really matters here. I think that the prosecutor are putting their theory forward in something that lay people can understand. And they need to do that anyways, because you're always speaking to the juror or the jurors who aren't the highest educated people or aren't the most professionals who don't have the special maybe skill set that's relevant for your trial. Because you've got to, if you're a prosecutor, you've got to get 12 people to agree unanimously on something. So you can't be talking above the head of anybody. And I think that's going to be a real focus of the prosecutors here is making this a simple, understandable case. And, you know, often the defense tries to make things seem more complex than they are, or it may be complex and just blame the complexities. I agree with all of that. And I'll just say, I think that makeup of the jury, I think would be, it doesn't favor one side or the other from what's described. But I think one thing to remember is the jurors can talk to each other, right? So if you have one or two that you educate and they get a point, they can educate the rest of the jury. And so I think the way both sides look at it is they think about who do I need to arm with the points who can then advocate in the jury room when it comes to deliberation. So maybe they're not all finance people, but if one finance person gets it and they can explain it to the others, that makes sense. And then there may be something that, that is, you know, more understandable for the postal worker that is, that they can relate to more, that they may make more sense. And, you know, another important thing is regardless of finance, a big part of the jury's job is to evaluate witness credibility. And that's something everybody is equipped to do. Indeed, the folks who may not be in front of a computer all day, but rather are delivering the mail to lots of people, talking to lots of people, may have a pretty good sense of what to look at when they're evaluating demeanor to determine whether somebody's lying or not. And they have value to add in that room. I just add one point that the jurors can't talk now about the case. And I think Sam's saying at the end, when they're set up to deliver it, they can talk among themselves. I think that is an important point. I suspect every time I've done a trial, you pretty quickly try to figure out who the foreperson is going to be. And usually you're right. You know, and so oftentimes to Sam's point, you are trying to get one or two people to be advocates for you, but you really need everybody to kind of understand what's happening. Otherwise you're going to have a problem, particularly if you're across. Wait, and I'm sorry, who the foreperson is going to be? What does that mean? So the jurors at the end, when they go back, they'll select somebody who's the foreperson. That's the lead juror who will communicate the notes usually and communicate the final verdict when they come back. They're kind of the head juror. They got their votes the same as every other jurors. It's not different, but they're sort of the nominal head juror. But oftentimes it's a person who may be in the finance case, the person with the finance background, because the other jurors will look to that person and say, hey, why don't you help us lead us through this? Because to Sam's point, you can explain this to us also. Yeah. The person who was the retired investment banker also had a Stanford MBA. But I think what - also I should say their spouse also was retired and had worked at Berkshire Hathaway. But anyway, this is the reason, and maybe I should have said this in the phrasing of my question, but the other reason I had wondered about the professional backgrounds of these people is that when you were actually in the room and you were listening to all the prospective jurors, a very large proportion of them actually worked in finance, probably because it is lower Manhattan. So just to see that it all got whittled down to only one, I was like, oh, okay. Cause it just felt like, you know, there was like a FINRA person and they were like RIAs and like accounting people. They were just like a lot. So anyway, we don't need to belabor this point, but it was just something - One thing I think would be interesting, I'd love to hear Brian's take on this. If you were defending Sam Backman -Fried, would you want a finance person or would you want to exclude them? Because I think, you know, on the one hand, they're going to get a lot of the concepts, which is relevant to some of the defenses, but on the other hand, if they were in a traditional financial background, they may be accustomed to more controls than were in place here and may find some of this stuff to be fugazi. What do you think? I don't think if I were, you know, representing Sam Backman -Fried, I would want an accountant, a traditional finance person. I would want someone out of the mainstream. I'd want younger people in general. There's certain, you know, you do trade in stereotypes when you're selecting a jury because you have to, because it's a very quick process in the sense that you're trying to like figure out what a person might believe. And you're also doing, just to go into a little bit of the dive here, sometimes if you have a robust defense team, you're looking up their, you know, social media posts. You're trying to, you're quickly Googling their names. You're trying to figure out about them to learn about their views. And they're generally like pro -government or there's someone who is, you know, had views that are skeptical of government. And if you're the defense, of course you're looking for people who are skeptical. And one last question I wanted to ask about this was one of the questions that the prospective jurors had to face was whether or not they had served on a jury before. And if so, whether or not they'd reached a verdict, but the judge did not want to know what the verdict was. I wondered what was the purpose of that question. And I wondered like, you know, would the prosecution be more motivated to pick people who had reached a verdict and then the defense wouldn't want to pick those people. I was like trying to figure that out. That the questions asked for every juror and every type of case, even civil cases, it's a standard question. And I think the goal is if you're a lawyer, you know, trying to pick a good juror, you want to know if they've been able to reach a verdict. If you're a prosecutor, since 95 percent of people who go to trial in criminal cases are convicted, it's probably safe to assume that they voted to convict. But if they didn't reach a verdict and you're the defense lawyer, you know that there was a hung juror and that there was some element of whether that juror or others who weren't able to reach a conclusion and that you would look potentially favorably on depending on how the juror described it. So that is an important question if you're a prosecutor or defense lawyer. And for the judge, the judge doesn't want people who are disruptive on the jury. He wants this case to go through and he wants the jury to deliberate and reach a verdict. This judge isn't supposed to have a thought about, you know, whether conviction or acquittal, but this judge Kaplan wants an orderly process and that's what he's looking for. Okay. Yeah. By the way, if I remember correctly, I should have checked through my notes, but I'm pretty sure everybody who said that they had served on a jury said that they had reached a verdict. I don't think there was anybody who said they didn't. So that's kind of interesting. All right. So let's move to opening statements. What did you each think of the opening from the prosecution? So I thought it was a textbook government SDNY opening in terms of the style well done in terms of being accessible to the jury, simplifying the issues, executed well, as I can tell from the transcript. And I think the general theme was, you know, to explain at a very simple level how a fraud was committed by Sam Bankman freed and the essence of the, of the, the fraud, what was it that made this fraudulent telling customers that their money would be safe, repeating that to Congress, saying it in tweets, when in fact the money could be given out the back door to Alameda, the controls weren't disclosed, Alameda, the funds were going to Alameda to literally to an Alameda bank account when customers thought they were depositing at FTX. And according to the government, Bankman freed is taking the money and using it for his own purposes, as he wasn't authorized to do. They also gave, I thought a pretty good roadmap of, you know, here's how we're going to prove the case. We've got documents, we've got cooperating witnesses and they previewed. These are folks who committed crimes. They've admitted the crimes, scrutinize their testimony, but look for corroborating evidence. What I thought that they did not, you know, I thought they elided over some complicated issues in ways that the defense could exploit things that are more complicated than they seem and were not necessarily nefarious, but the government is trying to paint them as nefarious by just sort of glossing over the details. One thing I didn't see when I was last on, I said the STNY prosecutors love to say at the end, there are three things. We ask you to do three things, pay close attention to the evidence, follow Judge Kaplan's instructions on the law, use your common sense. They did not do that here. That was a departure. I'm going to have to talk to Damian Williams, the US attorney, about why they chose not to do that after this. I thought it was a standard, you know, opening statement by prosecutors. One thing I didn't, couldn't tell, it didn't seem like there were visuals tied to it or if there were, they weren't really discussing them. And a lot of times - There were some, I think, but I wasn't in the courtroom, so I didn't see them, but there were a few, there were presentations for both. Yeah, the defense definitely was clear from the transcript they were using them because you could, the lawyer was having somebody like put it out, right? And so usually you want a simple story with some visuals and, you know, the prosecutors, everything comes down to the close really. I mean, you want the jury to understand what you're trying to do. You want them to know what to pay attention to, but you're not expecting them to make up their mind and they're not supposed to, the opening statement. So you're really trying to give them a roadmap of how to understand the trial, both sides are, and how to look at it. And I think, you know, the defense made that a little clearer in how they were presenting it. The lawyer made it very clear like, hey, this is how I want you to try to look at things. This is the prism I want you to see things. But I thought both were pretty standard and nothing really strayed from what was expected in either one. Interesting. I have to say, like my experience in the courtroom was like the prosecution was very easy because they use simple words like lie, stole, things like that. But parts of the defense, they used terms that were technical, like security, collateral, margin. And so even though I know this in and out, like I was also like having a slightly hard time to follow. There was a point where they moved away from that. But I remember thinking, how is that going over with this particular jury? Because I was like a little lost also, because he was also speaking, I felt like a little bit more quickly than the prosecution. I personally thought that if I was comparing the two, I thought the defense opening was better and typical not of what you would see in most trials because they really engaged with the substance of the case. However, I do agree that there were times where Mr. Cohen was sort of not explaining the background, you know, like just jumping in with stuff that the jury had not been given any context for. And I think Brian can tell you, like on the defense side, why does that happen? The defense is much more reactive. So the government gets to plan their opening. They can execute it as they plan it. They can practice it a thousand times. The defense lawyer is hearing the government opening for the first time, has to react to it and may have a lot of things going on in terms of the prep. And so, you know, you could sort of see in that defense opening, oh, you got the wrong slide up. Oh, could you go back to that to that other slide? You know, they're, they're much more like, they have to deal much more in the moment of what's happening, but I still fought on the substance that the defense opening was strong. Oh, interesting. Yeah. Maybe what I also picked up was it definitely felt like the prosecution delivery was like, like I said, it was just, it felt like it was delivered a bit more slowly. And anyway, for whatever reason, I felt like in the courtroom, I had a easier time following it. You need to talk slower than you think, actually. It's one of the hard things about, you know, presenting to a jury is it's not meant to be rapid fire conversation usually. I mean, you need to be yourself, of course, you can't, shouldn't change your personality, but oftentimes myself, you know, there's a lot of adrenaline. You need to like take a beat, take a breath and remember to just go slower because again, you've been living and breathing this case, both sides for over a year now, whatever, almost a year now and everything you understand, and you've got to remember these, you know, people, the 12 plus the alternates. Yeah, I'm sure they've heard about it, but they don't, you're now throwing them in the deep end of the pool with you. And so, I mean, your point is in the student one, Laura, because if you're knowledgeable and you're wondering about some of these terms, you can imagine what some of the jurors are thinking. What, what the heck's a margin? Like where, what does that even? And so I think that could be a danger for them, but I do think that the defense did use this analogy or metaphor, whatever it is about building a plane while it's flying, which is somewhat common defense theme for financial cases. And I thought that I'm sure we're going to hear that again, but I would tell you what, right now the prosecutors love when defense lawyers use those metaphors because they will slam them, in my opinion, in the close with that. They'll talk about the plane and how, I mean, they, they love that. That's always a danger. I don't like using analogies or metaphors and things like that in the opening of the fence work that I always worry that it will get turned on me because I've seen it and I've done it when I was a prosecutor and I've seen what happened on both sides. So you've got to be very careful in your opening because you will comment on someone's opening at the close. You will say, remember when they told you this, this, and this, and I'm going to tell you right now, those three things didn't happen, or you heard this and it's different. The government will do the same. Remember when that defense lawyer got up and told you this, and we talked about that plane? Well, guess what? I'm going to talk to you about a plane right now. So let's talk about the government's first witness who was a trader on, or I should say customer on FTX, Marc Antoine Julliard.
"i 95" Discussed on Adulting Like A Mother Father
"Keep us updated because conversation was like yeah. I'm excited for you navy. Living through you. I don't know next so We got a question from isabel. Who left us. Some pretty thorough messages in regards to her and her partner is. I guess you would call an open relationship to some degree right like if you've had an maybe that's not an open relationship to st threesome. Though the same. I don't know. I'm sure they could be the defining term i think threesome is an experience like it could be actually just a one time thing or something you do. You know if you consult one another you open you. Do you have a threesome. But an open relationship is like. I think you could actually have relationships outside of the relationship. You're in which could be physical mental emotional. Whatever but a threesomes of three. So that's a very heavy topic. We'll get to that anyways. I wanna play this. Bit from isabelle's voicemail because for heather's For you ya for anybody else. That's exploring this sort of thing. Maybe interested in the idea of a threesome. She she speaks from her experience of having to it seems and gives her advice so we should just play it. And if it's helpful for you great high s is I wanted to respond to andrews Recent question about couples and three cents in response to one of your other listeners So my partner and i Who has a son jamie I mentioned him and moist makes you We have had one hundred and this was panic and You know hopefully when the state of the world Become a little more normal We would love to have another one We had some with a close friend of mine. i think for me. That was a really positive experience. I bisexual And i think it just more comfortable for me knowing my friend Knowing her you know prior going into the experience And just being comfortable and having a harness familiarity with her. I think that's not going to medication for all couples And my heel easier to connect with someone You don't otherwise no I think for me the biggest In most important aspect of having Well i guess maybe two things Our communication and Like communication and Having expectations And it can occasionally is huge. You know first and foremost between you and your partner before you involve another person And then obviously continuing that communication with third person And throughout the agreeance to make sure that people are comfortable with everything that's going on And the other one is about expectations. I think before you have the experience. And i would assume that every expand is different especially if it's with different people I think it's easy and natural to have expectations going into this sort of thing But i think you know maybe best to be open minded about things go Maybe you know you think you're really comfortable with everything and then something happens and you find yourself feeling a bit of comfort. I think it's huge to Manage the sort of expectations that you have and sat around the experience I just allow the situation to be dynamic and fluid And to foster an environment where people feel safe enough Uncomfortable to speak up if things are going well or are not going to allow any money to shit and reevaluate the whole. You can be a really positive experience. Doing this is so random. But i i feel like because we mentioned it earlier in the show. I just wanted to preface what we're about to play with The the reporter video where people alluded to her. Maybe having a stroke and it can't hurt. What she was saying chemo. Sort of gibberish. I guess there's video resurface like andrew mentioned and we were watching it and of course we got a good laugh. I'm sorry it was her expense. I know that she's fine today. We watched a video to make sure that she's fine. Allegedly it was a really bad migraine Which is serious and people can certainly have those and have some shit go down But she happened to be on camera and was reporting at the time and like couldn't form the sentence and so just as a little harmless giggle. We're gonna play it again. Don't add us. We hope she's okay. We know she's okay but it's funny.
"i 95" Discussed on Decibel Geek Podcast
"Been going for a while already. There's some cool stuff in here. More more crazy jewelry. I love the jewelry. The large rings with the skulls on them all at at the. Let's get right to the good stuff. Let's go to the mail bag. That's always my favorite part of these. Yeah there's the mail bags very few pages long so there should be some good stuff in here. Somebody with questions for tommy lee. See she says. I'd like to know what his favorite movie the best joke. He's ever heard if it's short enough could you print it. What kind of humor he likes. Best is favorite pastime. How he described himself turn on and turn off. And how does he like the scandinavian countries. I wish him in the ban all the best and and the answer was. Tommy loves a clockwork orange. English humor makes him laugh and he likes to ride his harley. What kind of what kind is the joke is. What kind of be gives. Milk a booby. that's a very tommy level. Joe you know don't get it. Booby couldn't he couldn't come up with words to describe himself but he says traffic in those silver tabs on. Cd's suck and scandinavian women.
"i 95" Discussed on Decibel Geek Podcast
"That's funny they. Look cool though jesse james. Do pre pulling off his best Jim dandy look. There got the friends jacket. White leather fringe jacket. I always thought those jackets look cool. Maybe that makes me dated and old. But i liked it back then. Yeah me too and then. He got a corroborate era crew picture. We'll see too many of those that's cool man. And there's warrant nineteen ninety-five that's not the original lineup anymore. At this point couple of guys missing. They must have the keyboard player in here there. Six people on this photo strange times for those bands. But if you look you know it's like like you said you know you got four pinups in a row you got jackal motley crue ninety four warrant and then stone temple pilots and this is weird because the way the page layout as you see half estonia pilots and then half a van hagar which is it's like the weirdest supergroup of all time van hagar dressed like somebody's mom in one thousand nine hundred five. Yeah i think yeah. Sammy's wearing mom jeans. Totally wearing mom jeans got took pulled all the way up past his belly. Button and michael. Anthony looks like a middle aged dad. Well they are. They're standing underneath a basketball hoop. They're watching their kids. Shoot hoops or salt. And this is a very unroll. Look very it's like what what happened the times when you know. Rockstars looked like they were in a band. You know like somebody. That was an abandoned. Look at them go. Oh heck i must be in a band like you look at this like oh that guy must be picking up his kids from daycare. These guys shop at the gap. Yeah not good then. The centerfold is a pull out of aerosmith with steven tyler with bare-chested as always yeah. That's pretty cool. Pitcher aerosmith though Then you have the other half of the weird super groovy allison eddie. Van halen and the other two guys from so double. Oh at the anywhere. What does that sweater. Jesus some super long sweater. But he's like holding it up in the front. That's strange borrow. That from valerie looks like a woman sweater. I don't know it's really strange. How van halen is dressed in this. I mean alex looks cool. He's got a t-shirt and a leather jacket. That's cool three guys look really strange. Like hey guys doing a photo shoot you know. Try to look like rockstars. Ha now we're not to win. That i can kind of see the source of an wildly anger. Now yeah not good night only did. Sammy ruined the music. He also ruined their fashion sense. It's probably his idea for them all to get haircuts. And that was his true power easy. He delilah him..
"i 95" Discussed on Decibel Geek Podcast
"This is a polarizing record for a lot of skid. Row fans i I know some people love it and some people hate it. I'm not. I'm kind of inbetween. I don't really love it much But i'm not i'm overall. I'm not a big fan of this album. what about you. it's not my favorite skid row album by no means. But i mean what you got three to choose from from the original lineup but when it came out i didn't feel any differently about it. You know it seemed like it was a progression from the first the debut album the self titled to a little bit heavier with slave to the grind and then i thought this one took it even heavier but still did some of the same stuff like they did on slave to the grind. Where if they did have a song that was kind of balaji. It was still pretty deep in heavy in. Its own way. you know. it's not like you know. I remember you. You know the in on slave to the grind. The ballots became deeper. You know what i mean. Yeah and i think they kinda followed that with some human race. I loved subhuman race when it came out and not as much as the first two specially not as much slave to the grind which to me is one of the all time greatest albums of all time so human race doesn't really stand up to that you know still a great album packed full of great songs. One thing i didn't like about those i was. I remember when they were making it. And they had mentioned that. Bob rock was gonna come in and produce and i was excited. Because of everything he'd done with you know motley crue and metallica but didn't really like his production work on this record. I don't think it sounds as it certainly doesn't sound anywhere near as good to me. Production-wise as what michael did with With the first records. But you got to remember. Michael wagner told us the same thing around this time everybody i mean everybody even is he said i want to sound more like soundgarden you know. And i think that's kind of production you get on skid row's subhuman race where i don't know it lacks the punch that slave to the grind head for sure but the songs were good. I dunno skirrow was one of those bands. It's too bad. They couldn't survived it. They were one of the bands that i thought for sure would because they had kind of a street cred too on where you know somebody that was independent tara or megadeath or slayer would say fuck motley crew. Fuck kiss fought. Poison i role. They're pretty cool. I i i like skid row. You know so. They always had that kind of they were still edgy enough and not over the top glam where they were still acceptable because they were still heavy role was a damn heavy band especially you listen to subhuman race. Some of the guitar work on there is right creep up to thrash metal. Almost yeah i mean they would kind of get a pass from a lot of people from being part of that era but but yeah in a in a thing where you credibility wise i think they got more of a pass especially because of how they did slave.
"i 95" Discussed on Book Echoes
"Find out where those baby boomers are hanging out online and focus my attention. They're really honan. And the way that i like to do not is i survey my newsletters. Now you might be going oud newsletter. That's something i don't had yet. And that brings me to the second point before you invest loads of time in social media. Which i don't think you should invest too much time in there to begin with because it's you know it sells books very indirectly. Bow before my best anytime in social media and making sure that you have some kind of hot form even if it's not updated regularly then you need to develop a newsletter that is the first step first step is to have an email newsletter or you can reach your readers and that is as simple asking setting up an account with the male trumper miller lite or any other service and then offering a freebie for people to download to join your list Usually folks like to use a a short story. That might be a tie. An or prequel on you can even use deleted scenes and other things but have something as a giveaway. And that's what will entice people on your list. You can stick the link in the back of your books. If you are as publisher you can stick the link on your website whether or not yourself publisher and the other thing you can do whether or not. You're a self publisher is to join queen newsletter group newsletter promos promotions where other authors will feature a page with links to everybody's newsletter. So that their readerships can try new authors and subscribe and that is a really great way to get started. You don't have many people on your newsletter or anybody. it's a great way to start growing your readership. And once you know because when because these people have picked you have picked whatever freebie you have given as representative of your work are your readership days. Your ideal readers and then you can start to get to know them a little bet to. Can you give them a survey can ask questions. Open ended questions in your newsletters in. They can write back if they're interested in a lot of people. Do i'm consistently surprised by how many people right back and send pictures of things. They're very chatty from me. And that's how you can start to get to know what they're interested in how they're finding books and where to focus your attention so the other thing Once once you you've got misinformation on you're starting to get a game plan. Then you need to focus your attention on advertising because no matter what demographic you're in if you buy books if you buy them off of amazon than probably where you're finding book new books to read is a good chunk of that is going to be from scrolling around amazon and it used to be that we had a wonderful form of free advertising on the bottom of other authors sales pages in the form of the also bought suggested books Used to be that there was this wonderful care. Sal of books suggested to a reader you could be looking at a sales page scrolling down and you found a book you like and then go. These are books that were also bought by readers of this book. Andy might suddenly want to buy two books. You'll find something you like. There and then author has gotten free. Advertising well amazon has become a whole lot more. pay to play. Those also bought have all but disappeared on a lot of sales pages. Just aren't there anymore. They've been replaced by amazon advertising so amazon advertising the next place i would suggest to invest your time. Best a little bit of money. Fortunately it doesn't cost too much to get started and play around a little bit unlike facebook ads. Which will totally eat. All the money that you offered to spend it amazon. Ads is a little bit a little bit more in house. Spence your money. So it's a it's a good place to start learning advertising and it's probably a place where your leadership is finding out about books so from there there's lots of There's lots and lots of other options. There is facebook advertising which again for many authors very it can be very lucrative but it can also be really expensive so probably a second step to try and learn that play with that. Then there's other avenues Publicity avenues kind of podcasts. To your listeners. Listen do you dear readers listen to you. What kinda are there other media that they like to consume are there Magazines that you could be interviewed him. And you know those are again next level places at you. Start to focus your attention on read so All comes back to knowing your market really well so you can't wave a wand a lot of work. It's a lot of research but it's research that can pay off over time and if you start with the basics the basics of having a well packaged book the basis of starting to know your market a reaching out to them gradually taking more steps. When you're ready then you can start to see a return on all that hard work now. I'm at fifteen minutes. So i think yes i will keep it to one wishlist question this week but i will answer a few more wishlist questions. Wishlist things the ferry convicts or other book marketing questions in some of my later solo episodes because i only do Episodes every other week. And we'll have an interview coming up next week so for today. I would like to chat more about this topic. I'd love to hear from you. You can find the show notes for this episode and all the episodes at book goes dot com slash show. And you can leave a comment there. You can also join the facebook group author goal rockstars to Over there i would love to hear from you through you know. Drop me a line. Connie at book echoes dot com. And as always. I love to hear ratings and reviews. Are there much appreciated. You can find this podcast on apple. Podcasts spotify stitcher audible podcasts. Or wherever it is you are listening to this episode until next time happy.
"i 95" Discussed on CATtales
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"And then really from that when you understand really trying to set out. What are the different opportunities that you have to resolve that where at the compromises other the ways that you could do things in order to meet the objectives of both partners on this particular issue and find another way to do things and really if that comes point you've done all of that and then you'll having difficulties that's really where we look to escalate where that goes beyond dysfunctional individuals. Remits to be that's up. It's inevitable that there's going to be disputes. They shoes will arise and differences of opinion. I think what's key is how you actually settle. Those we always tried to do is make sure that we explore the position as much as possible if you have a dispute and it settled well as handled well. It can actually be quite strengthening to the relationship is way you start to take company positional stances without actually fully understanding what goes behind them and joined to trade. That tends to be quite damaging. But actually if you look for collaborative way to resolve differences that can be quite strengthening position to be in. It's really interesting. It's sounds like you have a whole practice behind resolutions. How do you see your specific role to make success in alliance intensive alliance. I think it's to facilitate really very often. I find myself involved in alliances where it's not you. That's actually delivering the business case. But you are the influences there to making sure that stood in the right way and on time. It's really making sure that you're enabling. The p pulled all the experts. The artist with working with their counterparts partner is them in a position where they really can't do that. So it's making sure that you give people the tools the softer skills attempts at the dispute resolution processes is helping to make sure that you actually have mapped out in a very clear way how you take decisions from your governance and making sure that you actually invest the time in planning how. You're going to work together in a partnership how you going to resolve differences. How you're going to make decisions. He need to consult form along the way. And how you incorporate the advice that you get from these consultative bodies into iterations of your proposals and things like that before you take them forward so a very different role from one where you're either integrating and say that you fully-owed into the business or you're leaving one out to partner the now fluids and asset that used to be yours. One of the things. I always like looking at in. Projects is digging the immersion approach otherwise known as a pre mortem and think of all the things that can go it. Seems like you laid out a couple around not. Having a good governance structure plays a having a good structure around the disputes and resolutions. What are other areas. Were things go wrong. It's very difficult to wear how what is going to go wrong. Because there's always surprises and things were happening along the way as probably lead to earlier. The life cycle of our products and the farmer industry means that you'll very often having a partnerships ships for very long period of time. And in that time you very much get a changing landscape around the alliance that you forged. Say you may have new data coming out you may have new competitors come to market quicker than year. Wanted them to will. You thought they were going to take you might find that legislation changes in certain geographies which means it throws into question. Your strategies is very difficult to forecast for everything. There's always going to be environmental changes. The main things you can really do is try to look at to the three buckets of risk. I mentioned earlier. It's making sure that you have good. Infrastructure sets up. So when you're setting up your alliances partnerships that actually you're making sure that you've got good platforms work through from an it perspective for example that you can exchange information easily eliminate or those kind of infrastructure challenges that you might have you very clear on your legal positions. It make sure that you have clear contracting. That's one thing that you are very much in control of early on and you try to make sure that those contracts ambiguous that they are clear and directional and then of course that human risk which is a huge huge risk but actually the more investment. You can do in face-to-face building relationships making sure that people understand more about each other each was organizations the precious they face is really one of the very effective ways because you will have lots of pressures and changes that come in an alliance just through changing landscape changing company priorities. And what you have to be able to do is be in a position. Have a strong enough relationship that you worked through those in a very strong and objective way and of course all comes down to the relationships and the trust that you build between the partners. That's really interesting. You mentioned some examples of unpredictable changes market changes in etc. How to it. Because i feel like that requires the level of agility of its own and be able large organizations having that sort of skill. How do you flex at the time. Case of understanding the change. I think it was an information gathering components and understanding that and again it comes down to really aligning initially on the goals for that particular area. What is being affected. What's changed is that change. The goals in the overall direction. And if it doesn't then how do you need to change your strategy to adapt to that when you have your proposals in your discussions. That kind of is then all underpinned by the governance and the exec team members. You have really taken the ultimate decisions. They're making sure that they if the accountability to soap committees and their sub decision makers really be understanding and delivering proposals coming back to that. See it's all connected really that you have the strong decision making processes and governance structures in play in times where you need to take decisions quickly. You need a lot of trust between the partners because you want to delegate tasks you're not making efficiencies if you're in an alliance and then you into every meeting dubai to use each on every task that needs to be done so if you build a level of trust where you start splitting tasks you start splitting responsibilities and then really you're covering more ground and being able to pull information and viewpoints radio and really helps your team a really interesting. It goes back to the governance and structure and essentially enable leadership to be able to make decisions. I have some questions from our here ready for him. Yeah absolutely how do you navigate. Partner has e- prioritize the project due to higher internal priorities. When you need things to move forward you've got to understand what the drivers behind that. Sometimes it can help to have more of a one to one senior leader type discussion. Say that you can have that more of the record discussion. Sometimes you can do that through your alliance professionals really. It comes down to understanding what the absolute pressure points are because deprioritization convenient number of things. It doesn't necessarily mean we don't want to see this sometimes it means. Actually there's other things we need to do in the short term rather than this than you can start up discussions about how you resolve the issue so for example if.
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"Very senior level throughout conferences. But in fact. I think the decision to go into the alliance and the contracting to placing quite short space of time which is all credit card transactions team and the companies. I think when they sat down to actually talk. We're really in a space where they're both very much wanted to make that work. So there was a loss of willingness and lots of discussion and dialogue. I guess willingness to make compromises and make way cons- to really understand each other's position of web. That might sit or early on a general lyman between the leaders in the organization. Then maybe how do you go from there and you start drafting up terms. Probably the transaction teams tend to get involved at that point. And then really. There's undestanding say you understand really straight to terms but you have to do a lot more understanding if the particular asset so there's more information so typically looking to understand details that annoying the public domain and we'll see that under carefully controlled confidential circumstances to make sure that we protect both parties interests. We use the information we receive and have dialogue discussions with the subject matter experts to really understand the asset the potential risks that we might be facing in the program and really what we're looking to do is build a business ace in that sets out the investments that we're going to need to make and how that might look in terms of the timelines to take the product jointly through its development stage and bring matt's patients so there's an awful lot of work and scoping minutes done up front so that you can really understand built those business cases and i think once you've done that you really can move down to the more detailed deal structuring type compensations like most things the betty prepare and have those discussions and dialogue around the assets. Involved of course the the switch to the transactions content to go when she had the undestanding windows the damn in eighth thinking common play. Is that something that hey this is part of it. There's expectation that some of these partnerships are gonna transpire insomnia activity or is that sort of outlined in some of the negotiations at some point where there's sort of a some considerations that as we progress mature this partnership in there. There's a window of opportunity for that. When does that thinking commonplace. It's probably fairly eddie on with an alliance in collaboration such as h. T. thank you. That's not really a consideration. Both companies are large established. They that's not really the codes. The i guess the mergers and acquisitions aspect really comes down to wis. Gaping out sue assets that we might have in our portfolio partners that they sit with their rations off with as assets. Hey they would like to move them. Forwards and really. I think that comes valium. When you're looking at where it's reside away. Might want to have those taken into your organization comes again down to how you really looking to maximize the expertise of the parties involved as well so if there is consideration it'd probably come out pretty early in terms of. Hey there's some general inches maybe it's a startup and there's some nature around it We may want to do. It is an acquisition at some point but that would get frayne pretty early and they would be transparency around that ben. Would you mention you. Outlined the vestments involved in going through the diligence period and started developing the terms. One of the things you mentioned earlier was the governance and how that could be challenge as each organization has their unique governance structure. You tell me a little bit about that. In terms of how do you put that consideration into this Alliance at you're creating and it around some of those challenges or what those challenges archie are. Yeah absolutely when you striking alliance you typically outlined in the contract what's the governance processes going to be and by that we mean the committees and the decision makers and who sits on those what level of decision making activity they have and that's generally set out in the contracts and i think what everyone is. Generally striving to do is to make sure that you're striking a balance. Between having robust decision making processes that have the right checks measures and balances in place. But once the naught overly cumbersome so that you can also have swift and efficient decision-making the challenge with an alliance. Is you build a governance structure around a particular asset. And that's where. I live in it slightly delight building assault company around this asset. You still have typically your organization's governance structures to consider really becomes a balance one of those things where we find it useful to sit down and have the discussion with the key. People involved in those governance bodies for the asset ess to how they're going to incorporate the actual governance of their companies. And how they're going to involve those in decisions that they make technically your asset. We usually go for and just by. What's in the contract. But that may not be a very comfortable position for people to solely rely on not. They may also want speak using the governance leaning on the governance structures in their different organizations to make sure that they're getting those rigorous checks and balances and making sure that they're getting the opinions and views of all the expertise. It's available to them. It's hard to generalize. But i think for each setup nasa it's Something that we do invest time into actually sit down and think about how we want to engage the existing structures in the decision making and again really striking a balance between efficiency versus the robustness of the decisions that you're making no standard template to follow no unfortunately not that would make it easier but possibly in what we say good for my row right exactly. How do you manage disputes. When they come up. I think the best way is always talking and understanding the position. The one thing that we really want to do it. All levels of any partnership alliances in particular tend to have each amounts of people involved in them. I think he's really key to understand that. There's lots of assumptions. That lay on top of facts when you're coming to a position so very often. Disputes arise because between two partner you take the same set of facts but you have a different set of values and sump shins and drivers from within your own organization. They may be the individual companies appetite for risk it may where their long term objectives are around the asset or as a company is also generally based on experiences. That people have in terms of projects. Have been involved in before what i've seen happen. And that all in sort of informs their interpretation of the facts he can end up with two very different sets of assumptions. What the best way forward might be just based on the same facts but very different assumptions. So the key thing is to really try and explore as much as possible where the conclusions in the positions have come from and what's led to that conclusion we try and encourage that as far as possible from the bottom way so really a very functional level trying to encourage the understanding and exploring the different positions as.
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"So excited about the new. Msa science academy. I might need to change my plans about going to high work. Well anyways. let's get the show going our first interview. Today's with emma burn director of integration aligns. At may she's one of the smartest people nominee lopata android folks are hoses keystone patel. Ceo and founder of deal roman emanate science. Let's give them a big round of emojis and smiley faces is here with emma barton director. Lions and integration management astra zeneca. Emma has spent the past seven years in various. Ma rules that astrazeneca she's worked on acquisitions divestitures and alliances they are conversation is about the spectrum of deals corporate development manages approaching partnerships and alliances and those relationships made progress into a m a thick off. Can you please describe how your role is situated in the afc team. Yeah absolutely. I see it within business development operations team as ed and we have responsibility for the key operational aspects of deal making. And that's the jig. Label deals within astrazeneca so that incorporates the due-diligence aspects transactions in the alliance duration management. The my role is to support the dealmaking as a member of the dot supporting negotiations and then once we signed the deal to lead cross functional teams that are responsible for ensuring we deliver on our obligations so that might mean integrations it might mean transitioning assets out of the organization or setting up alliances. Being a member of that negotiation tastes really ensures that we can build in the learnings that we have for previous deals of previous integrations and then we really cover the entire spectrum from one end to which is aquisitions of companies product. French is is individual assets through to the licensing of those where the assets are still inbound. And then i guess. Middle of the road is more the ince's around a particular assets of them be threw out to really where our assets outbound moving into the out licensing at divestments backtra bureau. We do a lot like your title incorporates global alliances talk a little bit about how you think about global alliances we tend to think of those really as partnerships with both companies opponent in alliance contributing in a significant way so we might be jointly developing an asset. Might be that we're commercialising. An asset but essentially vos a significant contribution for both parties and through. That really. What we're doing is looking to leverage the resources being expertise and ideas that both companies have and we really build an alliance which is the relationship around assets itself. So it's all my slate forming a company around that asset and it has its own decision-making structures investments everything that is workshop through its own governance structure which sits outside of the governance structures of those individual companies is quite interesting deal construct now. Is there a formal entity actually structured around the lions or. Is it more around the terms that you develop. I think is more we would say more. Around the term we would have a an alliance agreement which really sets out the terms and the privatization and scope. We don't formally set up an entity when it is a pure alliance that structure tends to emerge from the promises. We've set up in contrast themselves many times. The the measure of successor execution is law. So how do you measure success in the global alliance role nas quite difficult because you'll most successful when nobody really notices what you're doing if things are going wrong than it becomes very visible to senior management very quickly really doing a job. Nobody should really be knowing that. You're you're actually doing. It is also quite challenging. Because when you're managing a deal in the post deal setting you measuring over A much longer period of time then typically other activities within the deal frame so it can be quite hard to actually understand what's kind of being delivered. It's something really. I guess you tracking against the original business case. Of course if you're looking at something that goes on over a long period of time then it's quite difficult to really hold true to that original business case because the landscape the parameters tend to change around. That's really what we're looking to do is make sure that we're doing so the best we can in terms of delivering to set timeframes trying to make sure that we're resolving any issues. Eric pairing eat the partners before those really get to disputes. And those kinds of things you do tend to have a measurable constitutes your job. You have to put out fires before they even start. That's what we try to do. It feeds into the skill set. Really because what you're looking for is to make sure that when you're looking to manage partnerships and alliance is really to make sure that you keep him the channels of communication as open as possible between the partners sap slightly key that you understand how you pot structured how they really work in terms of the culture of the organization. How they get sessions made how they get things done. The equity this lots of connor judgment at connections within your own organization. That's required said the economic dissipate where the difficulties are lightly to becoming. And really if you can anticipate the before. They arise so much the better at making sure that you do with anything. That's arising swiftly and really encourage people to fully explore the points. I think round the differences of opinion. So that you can really start to make sure that you understand why people are coming to the positions. They are from the sets of facts. It's part of the courts but it kind of comes back to the skill sets for those individuals that manage them. I'm curious how did you go from. Phd chemists into leader. I want to switch to drive a little bit. And just i could skill set background that you bring this role if you can provide a roadmap your journey to your current role at astrazeneca is difficult. When i think in the sense that you can play it back make it look like it was a very planned and orchestrated journey but probably like most people. It was a journey. That was a lot of good fortune taking opportunities and really have john along the way. And i think i started out as a chemist and i had a great time actually in that capacity within as ed but after a few years i was really looking for bits of change. I was looking for a role that was much more outwardly. Facing a scientific based row the opportunity came up to do some work with the early dealmaking space and that was really supportive our own internal portfolio on the collaborative side and that seemed like a great place to really try something new to stay close to the science and actually get to see what lots of others of departments and areas around. The business did and then over time. That really developed scintillating stage so licensing and other opportunities in business development arena. I was fortunate enough to have some time in corporate development team ready evaluating the mergers and acquisitions of major transactions and that again was a great space to really learn an awful lot. It gave me a really good. I think understanding of our own business. I can gave me a great insight into the kinds of levers who are looking to pull in those kinds of cases of where you really can't make the impacts in those business cases but it was a great place to actually get really big landscape view of the farmer industry in the portfolios of other companies. It was a brilliant place it from an educational perspective again over time i found it was a role. That probably wasn't so suited to me attempts. How outwardly facing. It was sure you can appreciate when you're looking at very big transactions between companies those high confidentially operate very small groups around.
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"Movie where robinson does almost kill two asleep. Yes would you think about that. Almost i don't know man i really don't know because he's a he has the knife right and it's like is he gonna kill him or is it going gonna take the key. Yes or is he going to do both and then he ends up. You know not not doing both. And i don't know it could have been a different movie if you would kill them right. There could have been a different movie. I don't the mood has just ended though right like maybe so the what i was talking about. How eggers base these characters. Off of greek mythology is a rubber is supposed to be permit theus which is the guy who like steals the the fire of the gods to like take it to me and then that puts fucking willem dafoe as protests who is essentially the the the person who captured him. And that's why we have that super weird fucking shot of naked willem dafoe just like staring into robert. Pattinson is in the light coming out of his face is because that's sort of a reference to that and apparently prometheus Punishment was that he like got his body eaten by like ravens are vultures or some shit for attorney like he got his body patches much like but he had He was like pretty much invincible. Or like he had healing powers so like his. What are they asking liver or some shit like that or something and then robak every time. The segel's came back so it was kind of just stuck in the same spot forever. Yep exactly and then it kind of yeah and that goes into the end of the movie in which is pretty much robert pattinson ends up going up to the light. And then he falls down he breaks a bunch of bones and shit falls on the ground. And then you see a bunch of siegel's eating his intestines out but obviously he doesn't have that invincibility unless maybe he does. Maybe he does. We don't really know we don't really know Another thing that i've heard a lot of people say is the one eyed seagull is. Maybe or maybe not. The actual ephraim winslow like reincarnated or like his soul or his spirit or something is like living within that one. I'd siegel and that's like it's that's why he's kind of like giving robert patents in a hard time in giving him a lot of shit and kind of haunting him in a way so it's ghost bird ghost bird okay. I like ghost birds. I like ghost birds and sea witches. Let's go. We're talking about pets and high but crack. He has a very high credit so tall. It's long it's like it's like he's got long five eleven near six foot. Big ask like his crack goes for days. And i don't know if it's like he really cracked it up for the role but like dude crack days. That always got high buck crack like that. i. I don't know that. I've ever seen it but crack before this movie. I do like to.
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"That doesn't need to be and this movie being made on four million dollars fucking proves it. It fucking proves yeah one hundred percent and i mean even if this movie doesn't prove it the fucking bitch the bitch. I called the rich. The better like that. Which i like that. Yeah that's fucking insane. Show all right well. Do you feel shame when you lie with a woman james. I forget his response. But i'm pretty sure he says no. No no no no okay. I think. I think we've pretty much discussing most of the things i wanna discuss. People probably gonna mad because usually you know you hit a lot of points of certain parts. I know we didn't really like go. Go through the kind of the plot of events this time of getting tired of doing that. Honestly i'm at the point. Where for a long time. I liked doing the like event plot thing and i'm starting to really fucking hate it and i'm starting to think that the show is i don't know if it's taken a toll i guess there are people probably say it's not but i think personally that it's starting to take a toll with me just like not not being. What point do you feel like. You're just like reading the fucking synopsis and for awhile. It didn't feel like that. And i will argue that for a long while. It didn't feel like that. But i started to feel like now i feel like it's taking a lot of i. Guess what creativity is. Is there in talking about a movie but creativity in in the conversation. And i think maybe different movies offer offer different levels of that the lighthouses. One that lake. We have plenty of shit that we can talk about and unpack that. Have nothing to do with with explaining the plot. Yeah you know there are other movies where that's not necessarily the case or like the events are just like they happen over a longer period of time like more things happen or it's slasher with a lotta kills. You wanna cover that kind of stuff. That's a good boy and like but when you have a movie like this it's just it's almost more about just talking about the way that it made you feel then it is talking about the actual film itself. Yeah and i think that's part of it too. I guess lately has been a lot more like psychological stuff and not like stuff that's like and not even not even everything's psychological. But i guess just more. I don't know i guess in the past. I feel like we probably start with a lot of movies that were like dialogue heavy and stuff like that like really funny dialogue and i guess those are the ones that it's like right here to talk about shit like seen by seeing like. Hey there was this funniest thing in this in this funniest thing in this one but in this is just a lot of movies i've been doing lately. I just i want to steer the farthest from doing a scene. By you've been you've been doing a different different style movies much more frequently lately. I mean like you did to volunteer movies which you can't really go scene by scene with those like had exactly even doing some different stuff you did skins like skin just fucking fun. There's a lot of shit killed since the other day but one of my good friends. She sends me weird shit. And i was like dude. You're fucking late. I watched that three times covered on my show already..
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"That's what's happening. Lithgow is at the trinity killer I can't remember the guy the john lip gallagher these famous season Third rock from the old. Fuck the old fuck at you. I'm following so that's that's kind of. That's kind of how i liked to view it. I know that there's tons of ways to interpret it. And i can have fun doing it at a bunch of different ways but i like thinking of it as like this guy has is constantly trying to escape his past and then he comes to place and he's almost forced to look into a mirror of lake. Like oh you think that leg your some some killer guy will like fuck you so am i. So who's who's going to be the last one standing so on all that. Would you say that you think this movie is. It's obviously not directly from a perspective of someone because we're not seeing like a pov view or anything but do you think this story is told through the eyes of robert pattinson. I still think so. Yes so basically. We're seeing everything that he thinks he's seeing so even when we see light we'll run out. He destroys the bow and whatnot. That's just what patents thinks is going on because he's losing his fucking mind he's not coming to terms with the fact that he's a dexter esque character right. That's how i'm choosing view it. Yes okay..
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"That kid fucked that bald fucking bitch kid. I hate that guy i do. I'm with you. I hate all ball people. I think all bald people should be cancelled immediately right. There's the fan theory about us. That like he's bald because he has cancer because they never actually explain it and then they're like that's why his parents let them do whatever the fuck you want. Because he has cancer and he's about to die anyway back to the pepe pig thing which i found out was wrong. So this bullshit. That's what made me think of it as complete fucking bullshit So we're just talking for reform on this but i do have a few things in my nose the nominee. Forget if i don't mention them so i want to talk about My far meter. So during the entire movie i wrote down the exact time of every one of willem does farts At a lot less force than i remember it. I thought that was more. There's not a lot. They're just so obvious just so there that it feels like there's a lot of farts. Yeah there isn't okay so the first part was five minutes and fifteen seconds in and we got the second job second part at five minutes twenty eight seconds and then and then and then we move off a little bit. We have a really really deep long long far at fourteen minutes and twenty seconds Is this isn't the farc cow. But we do have a the i jerk off at twenty four forty five Baraka right before that at sixteen. O eight robert pattinson is staring at willem. Dafoe shaking his ass in his little like a one piece. Pajama with the flap down That happened that was really cool. Let's see when was the what was the next fart was the next part It was actually kind of a while to the next part which is weird. I don't think we got the next. Unless i missed one. I don't think we had the next part until an hour. Six minutes and thirteen seconds. That was a turned far though he was laying in one spot and he turned over and then forwarded the up. that was the turn fart I think that's actually in the end of farts which is very odd to me. I thought there was a lot more you know. One of my favorite things is just the fact that i got to hear patents and sages him dude. Actually you know it's really funny. I was actually like. I wanted to say that right now but i had no reason to say it. But it's kind of funny that you just said if i was sitting here i was like all right so the farts the farts the come the ash shake but i was like dude gypsum was like a really great line but i didn't know how to work it in there. He just fuck. It didn't know how to work in the he. Just fucking all my god when he goes on his little rant there and he says your goddamn thoughts and and you gypsum. Delay costs and chisholm. It's it's great at fucking love it also. I do as much as i respect everything about this movie pretty much. i do. Think that robert pattinson patterson's accent really goes off the rails when he gets into that rant and he keeps saying you god damned fights i was like..
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"I read something about being like some kind of like purgatory thing. For winslow can for so long the whole thing is that robert pattinson either killed this guy named winslow or like accidentally like let him die and just kind of like loomed was thing and then moved on to tell anyone about it took his identity But there's a few times in the movie where he's kind of going after a pansies going after the photo and then he turns into winslow. So if you things that i read was like none of this is real. It's kind of like winslow's purgatory. And i don't know if like is that kind of like. It's his purgatory or it's pad since purgatory that like he has to confront his demons about killing winslow or is it winslow trying to get peace four patents and killing him. But i don't know what to take. Yeah no i think that's really good to And willem dafoe character thomas. He actually lake leans into it at one point. That's whenever we get to blake the who's gas lighting. Who because of that one point. He's like he. He's literally like telling him he's like i'm not even real. I'm not even here are still in canada walking around in the snow lake. And who's telling the truth. I don't really know what's happening. Well yeah and then. Canada just hallucinating. I don't know we. Because isn't that around the time that he breaks a boat to because patents and tries to escape and then he We we see on camera. We see wilma. Fo- break the shit out of the boat like just destroys with an axe and they go inside and he's like fuck you. I knew you're crazy. Ever since you fucking smash that boat a minute ago and then as a boat chased me with an acts like he street. it's lake that's where i think. The movie is kind of just about fucking toxic masculinity because then it just gets into lake yeah. He starts gas lighting so aggressively that. You're as of viewer. You're like wait a minute. Fucking crazy lay ruin. Realty blake z. That's who smashed the boat life. That's the part that blows me the fuck away. That like i have like. You're you're right. I very much think it's about like toxic masculinity almost but it's like a weird take on it because these these two men who also have this homophobic tension toward each other. But also right i think wolf defoe might be gay..
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"That lake third act like hardcore spiral I have one on one other question with you. A for you about the white house and that is kind of in from your perspective. Do you think that anything. Actually supernatural is happening in the movie. The lay house. No i do not. I don't think i don't. I don't think so. I think it's i think it's an age. Old tale of some dudes that are off their fucking rockers. I think they are just there when when you're alone with someone too often. I mean like if you've never experienced like madness from just being with someone for like a sad amount of time like it's just you and now malone for longtime like i i think that at some point you're gonna start jerking off to a mermaid doll and you're gonna magic jonah and then you're going to end up like putting an accent someone's head. It's a matter of time. yeah I i'm kind of in the same boat like i. I definitely think that it's it's a it's a tale of madness for sure. And i love that. Eggers kind of leaves that open for interpretation. I felt like he kind of does that with the witch to of lake. You kinda know. There's definitely something out there in the woods. Lake is it is black. The really the devil like maybe. I don't know like an. And i think that he he lets. You can decide for yourself. And i think that he does the same thing with the lighthouse and and i love both aspects of it. I love thinking that lake. No fuck in Willem dafoe is actually turning into this fucking crazy octopus monster up there. I like the idea of that too. You know like that. I don't hate that. I do hope. That's what's happening. But i don't think that's what's happening You know another thing to your I do generally wonder how this movie makes. Women feel like not only like whether or not they like it or not. But i mean watching this just as a i mean i guess everyone is a third party to them because they're not real fucking people their characters but like viewing this Like watching their arguments as a third party I almost just sit there and wonder like you know because after we get rid of the whole. Is there a supernatural thing. going on. it's like okay so what's really happening. Might next question is okay. Who's gas lighting. Who yes there's ears much gas sliding going on this movie but the really the really confusing part is that is just like who's doing it like who. Who side am i on. Yeah and i think it giving us that you know the unreliable narrator some people say is sort of like a crutch but like i think it's.
"i 95" Discussed on Horror Soup
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